Flawless (Seville, 2007) D: Michael Radford, w/ Demi Moore, Michael Caine. Rating: NNN; DVD package: NN
Here’s a quiet, character-driven, low-tech heist movie with a smart script and lots of good scenes for stars Demi Moore and Michael Caine.
It’s 1960, and Laura Quinn (Moore), negotiator for London Diamond Corporation, realizes she’s never going to get another promotion. Hobbs (Caine), the janitor, has a plan that will net them a little handful of diamonds from the vault below. The caper goes wrong and the story spins off in a surprising direction.
Moore’s performance as the emotionally repressed Laura is polished and convincing. Caine’s Hobbs presents himself as a simple, reasonable man who’s quite comfortable with everyone thinking him dumber than he is. They work together beautifully.
Director Michael Radford (The Merchant Of Venice) emphasizes the chilly formalism of the setting with unobtrusive camera and cutting, and lets the suspense build quietly through the action.
The brief making-of doc offers little but the usual mutual admiration, though Caine seems genuinely happy to have worked with Moore.
EXTRAS Making-of doc. Widescreen.