(USA) The latest con-job caper, The Brothers Bloom, is one hell of a roller coaster ride. Filmmaker Rian Johnson hoodwinks audiences into believing that they’d nail the plot by leading them up the garden path, before throwing a sideways blow. Yet, despite its fairly intelligent plot, the convoluted movie frustrates more than amuses with its bland dialogue.
(USA) We have a contender for this generation’s When Harry Met Sally. Thirty-something Will Hayes (Ryan Reynolds, Smokin’ Aces) is in the process of a divorce when his 10-year old daughter, Maya (the ever charming Abigail Breslin, Little Miss Sunshine) returns from a sex-ed class in school, and interrogates him on how her parents met and fell in love. Will takes a reluctant trip down memory lane back to 1992 when he was a young, aspiring aide in the presidential elections.
After suspicions that his wife is having an affair, diplomat Justin Quayle’s (Ralph Fiennes) life is turned upside down when his exuberant wife, Tessa (Rachel Weisz), is killed in Kenya. At first, Justin is grief stricken and unsure what to believe about Tessa’s fidelity. But then he stumbles across the project Tessa was working on before she died that uncovers corporate conspiracy, government cover-ups, bribery and murder.