Confidence On his knees, in a parking lot, with a hitman's gun to his head, con artist Jake Vig (Edward Burns) loquaciously recounts the details of… Confidence On his knees, in a parking lot, with a hitman's gun to his head, con artist Jake Vig (Edward Burns) loquaciously recounts the details of…
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Confidence (2003)

Ed Burns, Dustin Hoffman, ... | 'CON' MEN Hoffman (right) ties one on with Burns
Image credit: Confidence: Richard Foreman
'CON' MEN Hoffman (right) ties one on with Burns
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Sep 16, 2003; DVD Release Date: Sep 16, 2003; Movie Rated: R; Genre: Mystery and Thriller; With: Ed Burns and Dustin Hoffman; Distributor: Lions Gate Films

On his knees, in a parking lot, with a hitman's gun to his head, con artist Jake Vig (Edward Burns) loquaciously recounts the details of a bold scam gone wrong. And that feature-length flashback confession is just one of the overly mannered touches in veteran director James Foley's mock noir caper movie. Foley (''At Close Range'') handles the genre elements with the show-offy, self-conscious flashiness of a film-school whiz kid, but he's helped by a slickly involving, pleasurably twisty plot and Dustin Hoffman's scenery-gulping performance as an underworld Mr. Big. EXTRAS A limited menu is lopsided with three commentaries: Foley and screenwriter Doug Jung say a lot of the same things on two separate tracks; on the third, Burns, Rachel Weisz, and Hoffman are much more anecdotal -- and entertaining.

Originally posted Sep 19, 2003 Published in issue #729 Sep 19, 2003 Order article reprints
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