Joe Ross is a corporate engineer who has recently invented a very lucrative process that has not yet been patented. With several untrustworthy parties all after it, it’s hard to tell who’s conning who…and the game is just beginning.
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David Mamet is as faintly deplorable as a public figure as he is narrowly but highly talented as a narrative/visual constructor. But credit where credit is due: This is one of the best examples of how well he hoes his small but fecund row. Crisp and clean to the point of near-abstraction, yet all in good faith. Plus leading-man eyecandy Campbell Scott -- the Jon Hamm we had before Jon Hamm, and was he ever up to it!
Twists and turns make for a good plot. Boom in shot a few times, can obviously forgive. A really enjoyable movie to watch, cared about what happened to Joe and enjoyed the ride. A gripe of mine for a lot of mystery/heist films is how the plot resolves in about 30 seconds
Mamet plays to be Hitchcock like he did in his first feature. The results are pretty good, a fine and engaging thriller that unravels its clues patiently and keeps you guessing what is going to happen next.