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Con Artist (2010)

Donald Sutherland , Rebecca Romijn , Risa Bramon Garcia  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Donald Sutherland, Rebecca Romijn, Rossif Sutherland
  • Directors: Risa Bramon Garcia
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: June 14, 2011
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004SK8528
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,533 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Audio commentary with director Risa Bramon Garcia

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When Vince (Rossif Sutherland), an ex-con trying to go straight, is forced back into stealing cars by his murderous former boss (Donald Sutherland), he finds solace welding sculptures out of discarded auto parts. But after a calculating and seductive art dealer (Rebecca Romijn) discovers his talent, Vince must pull off the ultimate con to stay out of jail long enough to make it big.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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When approaching a direct-to-DVD thriller, it's best to have limited expectations. Sometimes you may be pleasantly surprised, and sometimes you discover a film much more inept than you had anticipated. In the case of "The Con Artist," I found the title to be the cleverest thing about the film. You see, the titular lead is both an ex-convict and an aspiring sculptor--a literal con artist. However, with such a name, one might also expect a tidy and twisty film dealing with double-crosses and schemes. In the strictest sense, "The Con Artist" has nothing to do with that other definition of con. In fact, it straddles its time between an elite art milieu and a low level criminal enterprise while being completely unconvincing in both environments. Billed as a hip comedy, however, most of the chuckles provided were of a completely unintentional nature. I guess I must not be hip enough!

Perhaps the biggest draw of the film is to see Donald Sutherland pair off with his son Rossif. The younger Sutherland plays the lead character who begins the movie being released from prison. Wanting to start life afresh, he gets drawn back into illegal activity by his former crime boss (the elder Sutherland). Apparently and inexplicably successful, this band of inept hooligans seem to make most of their money on stealing cars. But for this to be a major plot point, you'll be amazed at the junky mid-range cars that qualify as theft-worthy! Any actual criminal activity documented is patently ridiculous. I especially loved the trick where they gummed some sort of money to the asphalt in a vacant lot, waited for a driver to come by and notice it, and when he got completely out of the car--they snuck up behind him to drive off in the vehicle. Genius! Criminal masterminds!
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A car heist film out of Canada here that really tried to impress with the cast of Sutherlands, Romijin and Greg Germann (Ally McBeal fame), but in the end it fell short in being anything worth recommending.

Sutherland's son plays the ex-con who tries to find a straight way to live but finds out he is an artist instead. Donald plays the crime boss, Romijin the art gallery cougar, and everyone else chimes in on standard supporting roles. But Germann took the cake at providing the worst overacting in the film as a flamboyant art buyer, to such a point it was funny how bad he would get.

The picture quality is average to horrible a few times (including washouts and bad focusing). The sound is off in a few sequences, but the worst mixing is during the sex scene with Romijin (she was horribly faking it and the voiceover moaning and screaming sounded like they were remixing a bad 70s skin flick - even though nothing gets shown here).

A commentary for an extra, English with subs in same. Maybe a light Sunday rental with no replay value.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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"How does a guy like me wind up in a place like this?" When Vince is released from prison he thinks he is free. After a run in with crime boss Kranski (Sutherland) he is forced to do one last heist before being allowed to move on with his life. Caught between being an artist and a thief Vince has to decide what life he prefers. This was actually a pretty decent movie, but it did tend to drag in parts and the love story aspect of it seemed unnecessary for the most part. There is not much new in this movie that has not been in hundreds of other movies, the big heist is pretty much a direct rip off of "Gone in 60 seconds". It's not bad but after that movie or "Italian Job" or the Oceans movies this one is a re-hash but not as good. Overall not a bad movie, but nothing you haven't seen before. I give it a B-.

Would I watch again? - I don't think I will
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When approaching a direct-to-DVD thriller, it's best to have limited expectations. Sometimes you may be pleasantly surprised, and sometimes you discover a film much more inept than you had anticipated. In the case of "The Con Artist," I found the title to be the cleverest thing about the film. You see, the titular lead is both an ex-convict and an aspiring sculptor--a literal con artist. However, with such a name, one might also expect a tidy and twisty film dealing with double-crosses and schemes. In the strictest sense, "The Con Artist" has nothing to do with that other definition of con. In fact, it straddles its time between an elite art milieu and a low level criminal enterprise while being completely unconvincing in both environments. Billed as a hip comedy, however, most of the chuckles provided were of a completely unintentional nature. I guess I must not be hip enough!

Perhaps the biggest draw of the film is to see Donald Sutherland pair off with his son Rossif. The younger Sutherland plays the lead character who begins the movie being released from prison. Wanting to start life afresh, he gets drawn back into illegal activity by his former crime boss (the elder Sutherland). Apparently and inexplicably successful, this band of inept hooligans seem to make most of their money on stealing cars. But for this to be a major plot point, you'll be amazed at the junky mid-range cars that qualify as theft-worthy! Any actual criminal activity documented is patently ridiculous. I especially loved the trick where they gummed some sort of money to the asphalt in a vacant lot, waited for a driver to come by and notice it, and when he got completely out of the car--they snuck up behind him to drive off in the vehicle. Genius! Criminal masterminds!
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