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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The script is wonderful, natch. The only problem is that only a couple of the actors know what to do with it. There's a reason nobody hires Campbell Scott. I've seen better emoting in my egg drop soup.
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.
Engaging and entertaining thriller. I love how the great dialogue in Mamet's films is always delivered as flatly as possible.
Steve Martin proves that he's just as adept at playing serious characters as he is at being a funny guy.
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
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.