The real problem is that Hustleis undernourished. The plot is a thin, loose-fitting thing with at least one big moment… that’s a total red herring. The film assaults you with energy, like a fast-talking salesman; it grabs the audience by the lapels and doesn’t let go – but it’s showy actors’ energy, and when it proclaims itself to be humane and empathetic I, for one, find myself resisting. It creates a facsimile of substance, then tries to pass it off as the real thing.
March 04, 2014