Matchstick Men (2003)

Matchstick Men (2003, USA) C-116m. SCOPE *** D: Ridley Scott. Starring Nicolas Cage, Sam Rockwell, Alison Lohman, Bruce Altman, Bruce McGill, Jenny O'Hara. Cage plays a trickster, a fraud, who runs a "business" with his pal Rockwell. He is also highly psychotic and keeps everything in his house painstakingly clean. His life gets a spin when he meets his 14-year-old daughter for the first time, a girl who'd rather spend her life learning his fraudulent methods than staying with her mum. Well-acted slice-of-life with a criminal twist is also well-directed and edited. The only thing putting you off is the soundtrack, which tries to incorporate just too many different styles. The ending also disappoints a little, but Cage is really something to see - again. Scott also coproduced this film, based on the book by Eric Garcia. Score by Hans Zimmer.


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