Matchstick Men (2003) 3.29/5 (4)


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Rating: The Good – 69.5
Genre: Crime, Drama
Duration: 116 mins
Director: Ridley Scott
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Sam Rockwell, Alison Lohman

Nicolas Cage and Sam Rockwell star in this original and clever take on the con-men story. Cage plays the OCD suffering mentor of young buck Rockwell whose carefully controlled life is turned upside down when he discovers he has a teenage daughter. Ridley Scott’s film looks great and Nicholas Griffin’s screenplay (based on Eric Garcia’s book) is disciplined and full of wit. The two leads put in interesting performances with Cage doing quite well portraying one of the many variations of OCD and with Rockwell stealing every scene he features in. Alison Lohman hits all the right notes as Cage’s precocious daughter and there’s nice on-screen dynamics between both Cage and Rockwell and Cage and Lohman. Matchstick Men is a modest thriller, the kind of which has been replaced by an endless conveyor belt of anemic concept films. Yet despite such modest ambitions, its solid base of quality writing and acting ensures that it is more textured and substantial than the vast majority of what Hollywood is currently shoveling.

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