Yet another cool heist film finds its way to theaters in the form of Confidence, a movie that has a great cast and an even better story. It's a real shame that no one decided to see this movie in theaters, because it is undoubtedly one of the better movies of 2003.
Edward Burns, Rachel Weisz, Paul Giamatti and Morris Chestnut star - oh, and let's throw in Dustin Hoffman and Andy Garcia for good measure. Burns, who really hasn't made a name for himself despite consistently good and entertaining performances, finds his groove here as a confident (hence the title) and extremely smart con man that is so good that he could give George Clooney a run for his money. Weisz counters with one of her sexier roles, and - hey - her acting isn't half bad either. Giamatti is especially good, and Garcia (who also starred in one of the few heist films that could counter this one, Ocean's Eleven), in the small role that he has, seems fittingly out of character. Hoffman also plays and unlikely character, that of a funny yet sinister kingpin. Like most roles, he performs it with ease, but it would have been nice to have seen him a little more.
Confidence is one of those heist films with plenty of twists, a lot of characters who are guaranteed to back stab at least once and flashy direction to put everything together. It is quite clear that by the end of the movie Burns is going to have everyone and everything exactly where he wants them, but it is fun to try to guess as to exactly how he is going to do. A few elements of the final twist are somewhat obvious, but not everything; the plan is really quite ingenious.
The best thing about Confidence is that by the first second it has drawn you in, and doesn't let go until the last. Everything about it is catchy and interesting, and while it isn't hard to follow, you know that if you get up to go to the bathroom you may very well have come back to find that you have missed something crucial.
One of the best movies of 2003 is, yet again, one that has been mostly overlooked - the good thing is that there are these places called video stores, where you can go and rent movies whenever you want. Next time you're at one, Confidence is definitely a movie worth watching.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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