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Great pot-boiler
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written by Texan99 September 4, 2010 - 12:15 PM PDT
Not only are the characters in this beautifully written and shot film not who we think they are, they're not even who they think they are. Guy Pearce thinks he's a color-between-the-lines careerist prig; Russell Crowe thinks he's a brutal enforcer with no talent for penetrating the ugly schemes around him, and Kevin Spacey thinks he's a heartless smoothie. They all take ownership of their own souls as they work themselves through a plot made up of intricate lies. This is my favorite kind of story: where it's more important what the characters do than what happens to them, even though what happens to them is awfully interesting too. When you add to that a tight, economical script, a fine cast (including the wonderful James Cromwell), and sumptuous period sets, you've got a real winner of a movie. Some viewers complain that they saw some of the plot twists coming, but I've watched this more than once, and complete knowledge of the plot didn't detract from my enjoyment.

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