American Hustle ***1/2


“American Hustle” is the latest from director David O. Russell, who is experiencing a career resurgence in recent years. After directing the great “Three Kings” in 1999, he directed one movie in the following decade and then basically fell off the map. Suddenly he has re-emerged with a vengeance in the last three years with flicks like “The Fighter”, “Silver Linings Playbook” and now “American Hustle”.

“American Hustle” is a terriffic film in many ways. The writing, acting and directing are all superb. I will admit that there are moments didn’t seem to fit and the film could of had a few scenes edited out, but is is still an engrossing movie. It is a sprawling story that follows a large ensemble that Russell directs almost effortlessly.

The story is loosely based on the FBI ABSCAM operation that took place in the late 70’s and early 80’s. The result was the prosecution of many politicians and public officials.

Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner all turn in some terrific performances. I love when a talented cast is assembled and given great dialogue to work with.


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