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"A bit overconfident, I'd say"
3 stars

I knew this film was in trouble when Ed Burns began talking to the camera during the opening credits. This wasn't going to be another self-consciously hip portrayal of comic-book gangsters, was it? Well, this hyper-stylized crime movie IS that, though in all fairness it does offer some incidental pleasures.

Burns plays slick grifter Jake Vig; he's trying to pull off a once-in-a-lifetime heist behind the back of crime boss King (Dustin Hoffman). You may have noticed that both characters have stupid "symbolic" names, but this is the least of screenwriter Doug Jung's problems. His script has the fatal taint of a work based not on life but on other movies--it gives CONFIDENCE an unreal, self-referential quality. This isn't necessarily such a bad thing, of course. How realistic was PULP FICTION--surely one of Jung's favorites--to name one example? But PULP FICTION did create its own world, while CONFIDENCE just seems like one big parlor trick.

Jung just isn't as clever as he thinks he is; his one-liners usually don't snap like they're clearly supposed to, and his attempts to create "colorful" characters (King is bisexual AND has Attention Deficit Disorder) seem mighty forced. He can share some of the blame with director James Foley, who tries altogether too hard for flashy style. (One quick montage sequence actually reminded me of some of Jeunet's stunts in AMELIE.) Likewise, the editing is too choppy; it looks like there are about twice as many cuts as necessary. Whenever you try to get a good look at somebody's face, you can be sure it'll cut away instantly.

A fake movie, basically, but like many fake movies it's fitfully amusing. Hoffman has rarely seemed so menacing as he does here. Though he's playing a supporting part, this is in many ways his movie.

CONFIDENCE is a pale imitation of much better movies. (Jung probably digs GET SHORTY too, now that I think of it.) It's not terrible. You just can't get up much enthusiasm for it.

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originally posted: 04/11/03 18:04:14
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OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2003 Sundance Film Festival. For more in the 2003 Sundance Film Festival series, click here.
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User Comments

12/28/17 morris campbell good con artist movie 4 stars
12/24/09 art YOU"D HAVE TO BE A CROOK,TO LIKE THIS MESS! 1 stars
6/15/09 Monday Morning I love caper films - this wasn't the best but IS worth watching. VERY stylish! 4 stars
5/15/07 Bitchflaps Too self-consciously slick for its own good, screenplay contrivances are obvious too. 2 stars
2/20/05 Agent Sands Not the 1st to conquer its premise or characters but it's sure great anyway. Badass finale! 5 stars
10/01/04 monica it's okay for a con artist movie 3 stars
8/06/04 Mark D Only Weisz is strong in this movie 3 stars
5/19/04 FrankB perhaps too stylish, but Hoffman is great 3 stars
2/01/04 Ingo Entertaining popcorn flick with flaws. 3 stars
1/02/04 Faith Only Rachel Weisz delivers a great performance in this bad film 2 stars
10/26/03 Zaharin Hamid aka The Movie Samseng A wicked SCAM movie. James Foley is the MAN! 4 stars
8/21/03 Kim Not even the great performance of Rachel Weisz could save this film. 2 stars
7/24/03 Ben Rutherford Excellent, Fun, Great Cast 5 stars
7/21/03 Mr Mayer Other than the good perrformace of Rachel Weisz, the movie is not really worth it. 2 stars
6/25/03 Arlene Titshaw I did like OCEAN'S 11 pretty well, Wolf, but NOT this one. 2 stars
6/17/03 Ed Only Rachel Weisz and Dustin Hoffman come out on top in a con that's not worth it. 3 stars
6/05/03 Erik Van Sant This overlooked crime caper is the coolest flick around. 5 stars
5/10/03 Steve Ellis Out of the good cast, Only Dustin Hoffman and Rachel Weisz do well with what is givin. 3 stars
5/10/03 Wolf The "love scene" should have been left out, but if you liked Ocean's11 you'll like this one 4 stars
5/08/03 joey rome roll with it 4 stars
5/05/03 John Fine but flawed crime movie taken up a notch by a stand out performance by Rachel Weisz 4 stars
5/03/03 Edler Was basically a combo of all the previous grifter/con-man movies of the past 10 years 3 stars
5/01/03 Charlie Udon Good, Not Great. Agree with the majority, Rachel Weisz and Dustin Hoffman stole the show. 3 stars
5/01/03 Nancy Niedzielski I think Weisz was one of the best things in the movie, and she was awful. 'Nuff said? 3 stars
4/29/03 Jack Sommersby An American masterpiece that confirms James Foley as our greatest director. 5 stars
4/29/03 Ross Good caper with Rachel Weisz as the highlight of the whole film 3 stars
4/28/03 Andrew Carden Hoffman & Weisz Give Superb Performances In This Limp, Contrived Action Flick. 3 stars
4/27/03 Kelly I Loved it.... especially Ed Burns, he makes the movie !!!!!!! 5 stars
4/26/03 mike Entertaining, good, funny. The F-word gets used a bit much though. 4 stars
4/25/03 asfdfds fsaddsfafds 1 stars
4/20/03 Paige Top Notch Cast with scene stealing Dustin and Rachel as the highlights of the movie. 4 stars
4/14/03 Dead Ringers FX Rule! The actors and filmmaking were nice. Pretty weak story. Good twist on undeveloped story. 2 stars
4/06/03 Ben Dustin Hoffman and Rachel Weisz Steal The show is this well crafted film. 4 stars
4/04/03 Frank Thomas Sorry, But Rachel Weisz Was the best thing in this so so movie. 2 stars
4/04/03 Jeff Smith Ok, Not great 3 stars
1/23/03 Sean Typical hiest movie that adds nothing to the genre 3 stars
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  25-Apr-2003 (R)
  DVD: 20-Jul-2004



Directed by
  James Foley

Written by
  Doug Jung

  Edward Burns
  Rachel Weisz
  Dustin Hoffman
  Andy Garcia
  Paul Giamatti
  Luis Guzmán

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