The Brothers Bloom

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The Brothers Bloom
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Runtime 113 Minutes

Adrien Brody, Rachel Weisz and Mark Ruffalo in Summit Entertainment’s “The Brothers Bloom” (2009).

Adrien Brody, Rachel Weisz and Mark Ruffalo in Summit Entertainment’s “The Brothers Bloom” (2009).

The problem with this film is that writer-director Rian Johnson has made what could have been an interesting caper film far too complex with far too many twists. Bloom (Adrian Brody) is the younger brother of Stephen Brody (Mark Ruffalo) and they become con men at a young age. Bloom wants out, but Stephen constantly coerces him to enter just one more scam.
In this one, they try to scam naïve Penelope Stamp (Rachel Weisz) out of a couple of million dollars. Stephen has Bloom try to seduce Penelope emotionally. This was the main part of the movie that truly offended me. Penelope is a sweet, inexperienced young woman. If this were a serious movie, maybe it might have made sense to make her so vulnerable. But this is intended as a comedy. There is nothing funny to me in taking such advantage of an emotionally immature woman. The point of Johnson’s effort is to pull a scam on his audience. What’s real and what isn’t? There are so many twists that it finally becomes too much.

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