Thursday, 29 October 2009

Matchstick Men DVD Report

Print: Good - Sound: Good - Label: Warner Brothers - Year: 2003 - Cover: OK - Format: 2.4:1 - Length: 1h51m/1h46m - Before: No - Again: Yes - Price: £1 - Rating: 6.5/10.

In Matchstick Men, based on the novel of the same name, we meet neurotic con man Roy Waller (Nicolas Cage) who suffers from several emotional problems, including obsessive-compulsive disorder. With his partner Frank Mercer (Sam Rockwell) they swindle people by promising tax refunds, vacations, and fabulous prizes, which they never get.

Frank wants to pull a really big job, but Roy is too consumed with fear and panic attacks to join him. Only cigarettes and illegal prescription drugs seem to keep him going. When Roy finds himself in desperate need of more pills, he is forced to see legitimate psychotherapist Dr Klein (Bruce Altman). Roy ends up talking about his emotional damage from a troubled marriage and divorce, finding he is the father of a 14-year-old girl, he has never met.

Matchstick Men is a very clever movie, it reminds me of Paper Moon in some places, and has the mother of all twists at the end you never saw coming! Occasionally a little slow, but overall very good!

Here is the trailer...

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