CONFIDENCE directed by James Foley, written by Doug Jung, produced by Michael Burns, Marc Butan, Michael Ohoven and Michael Paseornek, with Edward Burns, Rachel Weisz, Dustin Hoffman and Andy Garcia. A Lions Gate/Cinerenta production. A Lions Gate release. 98 minutes. Opens Friday (April 25). For venues and times, see First-Run Movies, page 74. Rating: NNN
it can be argued that the bestcon game movies are actually those that feature protagonists we don't like.They're the ones -- think particularly of David Mamet's The Spanish Prisoner -- where the stratagems are coldly played out and we're less interested in the victims than in the elegant construction of the trap.
Confidence stars Ed Burns as Jake Vig, whose crew takes down a big score only to discover that the money is the property of a lethally unstable gangster played by Dustin Hoffman. To pay off the debt, Jake agrees to pull a new heist.
From there, it's plot within plot within plot, to the detriment of the picture; there are just too many twists in the final few minutes. But along the way you can savour the flamboyant, almost Pacinoesque Hoffman, listen to Rachel Weisz trying out her American accent and enjoy a supporting cast that includes Andy Garcia as a relentless detective on Jake's tale and Luis Guzmán and Donald Logue as a pair of very bent cops.
Working from a script by TV writer Doug Jung, James Foley, best known for Glengarry Glen Ross and the Oedipal angst-fest At Close Range, tends to put a charge under his actors. Even the normally somnolent Burns is tolerable, but, then, he's generally better for other directors than he is in his own films.
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