The Brothers Bloom (2008) – Review

They never let the truth come between them.


The Brother’s Bloom (2008) is a film written and directed by Rian Johnson and stars Rachel Weiz, Adrian Brody, Mark Ruffalo, Rinko Kikuchi, Maximillian Schele, and Robbie Coltrane in an adventure/crime/comedy about a group of con men who attempts to con a woman with a highly curious result.

Just how much skill does it take to be a con man? Have you really ever thought about it? Think about how much effort goes into a really great con — from making sure the right people are where they are supposed to be at the right time –just to say those precise words that would sway the opinions of those most naive to the most skilled business mind… Conning, my friend, is a talent. Just how many poor, unsuspecting individuals turn out to believe in a ‘con’ more so than the con man that in fact, the con man confuses himself with it and thereby becoming the con man’s man–

Wait…umm, that was a bit of a mouth full. Let me slow down a bit to explain…but first, I would like to introduce you to the Brothers Bloom (2008).

Stephen (Mark Ruffalo) and his brother Bloom (Adrian Brody) were conning people since they were young boys, Well, it sort of happened on accident…the Bloom brothers were foster kids and made their way through the foster system and parents numerous times, mostly because of misbehavior. But one day, Stephen had a plan to con the local rich kids out of some money.

Do you believe in faeries?

It just so happens that one has lost her way and is in a super secret location, only known by an ‘old transient’, that will only tell the secret location of the lost fairy for hot meal.

And a little bit of cash. So both the brothers went off and elaborated on their plan. I have to say that Bloom was not all that thrilled with the plan; however, just as the ebb and flow of the tide…he just goes along with it.

From faeries to the elaborate schemes to swindle large sums of money: one con proved the most difficult for the Bloom brothers. Penelope Stamp (Rachel Weisz), a lonely multi-multi millionairess who collects hobbies — that’s right, hobbies –will be the new victim of the Bloom brothers con scheme. But something goes very wrong. Penelope becomes so entangled in the con that for a moment there, the Bloom’s are not sure she knows of the plan and if so, why is she continuing on with the con?

Then there are the mysterious characters that are part of the scheme; Bang Bang (Rinko Kikuchi), whose specialty is an affliction towards nitroglycerin, a silent but pivotal character in the Bloom brothers plans. The ‘curator’ (Robbie Coltrane) who offers the teams ‘impression’ of reality and as always with a good plan you have to have a dark and seedy character to add that quintessential element of danger. Diamond Dog (Maximillian Schell) isn’t only a part of the Bloom Brothers’ plans, but there is something more to this character. It has something to do with what happened with Bloom in his childhood that leave the very mention of Diamond Dog’s cooperation in this con all the more shuttering.

Of course, as always, something always can happen with a really good plan. Something usually goes wrong and as with my other movie reviews, you will just have to see the film to find out exactly what that is. The Brothers Bloom (2008) may not have been the most popular movie with its limited release, but it does deliver the intrigue you may crave. Just maybe.

If there are reasons why you may not want to see this movie I just have to ask you something…why not?

They never let the truth come between them.’ (2008)

The Brothers Bloom
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Review Summary:

The Brothers Bloom are the best con men in the world, swindling millionaires with complex scenarios of lust and intrigue. Now they've decided to take on one last job - showing a beautiful and eccentric heiress the time of her life with a romantic adventure that takes them around the world.

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