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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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.
The dialogue sounds like it got ripped from the pages of a typical thriller novel. It promises action but delivers none through the way it was shot(no dramatic or subjective camera work here) and the 4:3 aspect ratio makes me think it was a television movie, the ones played in the afternoon no-one watches. But the story is engaging i guess.