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.
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.