The Brothers Bloom casts Adrien Brody (King Kong) and Mark Ruffalo as expert con artists Stephen and Bloom Bloom. Brody's Bloom wants out. He gets convinced by his older brother to do one more job. The target is rich eccentric Penelope Stamp.
Rachel Weisz does Stamp. Her performance is reason number one for seeing The Brothers Bloom. The under-appreciated and little known Weisz won an Oscar for The Constant Gardner and is so skilled she could get critical acclaim doing a light in a parking lot. Though Brody picked up an Oscar for The Pianist, he and Ruffalo can't make the same claim.
Much of the fun of well-done con artist films is a twist or turn or two packed into the plot that makes you as much of a victim as the movie's target. The Brothers Bloom tries but it doesn't succeed. Once the con begins and the romance--if you'll pardon the pun--blooms, The Brothers Bloom is a pretty good movie that just doesn't have anywhere to go.
Mr. Movie rating: 4 stars
Rated PG-13 for mature themes. It opens Friday, July 3 at Regal's Columbia Mall 8. 5 stars/4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen4 stars / 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie. 3 stars / 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on DVD. 2 stars / 1 star: Don't bother.0 stars: Speaks for itself