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The Brothers Bloom (2008)

Rachel Weisz , Mark Ruffalo  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Rachel Weisz, Mark Ruffalo
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Summit Inc/Lionsgate
  • DVD Release Date: January 12, 2010
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002J1RZHE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,346 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

Deleted scenes
Two featurettes
Commentary with Director Rian Johnson & Producer Ram Bergman
Image Gallery

Editorial Reviews

All their lives, brothers Stephen (Ruffalo) and Bloom (Brody) have perfected the fine art of the con. Now they’re ready for one last spectacular score—luring Penelope (Weisz), an eccentric heiress, into an elaborate scheme that takes them around the world. Watch as writer/director Rian Johnson’s (Brick) caper unravels in this brilliant, comedic tale.

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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Whimsical, sentimental, colorful, and both funny and awkward, THE BROTHERS BLOOM is original in its context and characters even if the plot itself is relatively predictable. The tale of two brothers who learn at an early age their skill at pulling off confidence schemes (all in the film's well designed and funny first 10 minutes). They continue to run cons into their early thirties when Bloom (Brody), the younger of the two, is faced with a bit of a quarter-life-crisis and decides to quit conning alongside his older brother Stephen (Mark Ruffalo). Of course he returns on the premise of helping Stephen carry off 'one last job,' the most glaringly cliched element in the entire film. All is forgiven however as the cast of characters unfolds, and director Rian Johnson rolls out more story arc. We meet Bang Bang (Rinko Kikuchi), a semi-mute Asian woman with a penchant for blowing things to pieces and Penelope Stamp (Rachel Weisz), a billionaire heiress & collector of strange hobbies. Weisz is convincingly awkward, funny, intelligent, and ultimately lovable. Weisz, Brody, and Ruffalo give good performances but are still all outclassed by Rinko Kikuchi's portrayal of Bang Bang. She communicates much with few to no words. She is the master of the subtle facial expression and she singlehandedly raised this film from 3 stars to 4 for this viewer.

Rian Johnson's directorial style resembles Wes Anderson's, but with more of a penchant for sweetness. THE BROTHERS BLOOM is littered with sentimental twists, moments, and visuals. Johnson's craft is still developing, with his this, his sophomore effort, falling slightly short of his wonderful first film Brick.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A bit of Sunshine above the dreck August 5, 2009
For all people who love the beauty of awkwardness and a wonderful dialogue between characters, this movie is for you. The humor and charm of the first half of the film is only made more enjoyable by the heartfelt latter half. Enchanting performances by all particularly the short appearances of The Brothers in their youth, though Brody, Weiss, Ruffalo, and Kikuchi all deserve acclaim.
For some reason movie critics tanked this gem, but the people who went to see it tend toward rave review. Perhaps the critics weren't paid for a positive opinion in a timely manner, or maybe they just can't let themselves enjoy a piece of cinema that isn't some crappy Hollywood remake. See with friends, and I hope you enjoy it as I did.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Neat fun little film March 5, 2011
Format:DVD
This is a fun little film. The idea that a story of control and bigger issues was written around a con is a interesting story line. The movie itself is a cute con with fake endings and lots of fun. It does take on some life issues. Is your life being controlled by someone who loves you or do you enjoy the freedom and pain of writing your own script. The idea that the writer of the script (older controlling brother) having to die to free his brother is intriguing. I am sure deeper stuff is present in this movie and a thoughtful person can have loads of fun just trying to pick up the angles in the picture. It is just a fun movie more than all. The "mark" is well played by a zany Rachel Weiz. Brody and Ruffalo do a great job too.
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20 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
Whimsical, sentimental, colorful, and both funny and awkward, THE BROTHERS BLOOM is original in its context and characters even if the plot itself is relatively predictable. The tale of two brothers who learn at an early age their skill at pulling off confidence schemes (all in the film's well designed and funny first 10 minutes). They continue to run cons into their early thirties when Bloom (Brody), the younger of the two, is faced with a bit of a quarter-life-crisis and decides to quit conning alongside his older brother Stephen (Mark Ruffalo). Of course he returns on the premise of helping Stephen carry off 'one last job,' the most glaringly cliched element in the entire film. All is forgiven however as the cast of characters unfolds, and director Rian Johnson rolls out more story arc. We meet Bang Bang (Rinko Kikuchi), a semi-mute Asian woman with a penchant for blowing things to pieces and Penelope Stamp (Rachel Weisz), a billionaire heiress & collector of strange hobbies. Weisz is convincingly awkward, funny, intelligent, and ultimately lovable. Weisz, Brody, and Ruffalo give good performances but are still all outclassed by Rinko Kikuchi's portrayal of Bang Bang. She communicates much with few to no words. She is the master of the subtle facial expression and she singlehandedly raised this film from 3 stars to 4 for this viewer.

Rian Johnson's directorial style resembles Wes Anderson's, but with more of a penchant for sweetness. THE BROTHERS BLOOM is littered with sentimental twists, moments, and visuals. Johnson's craft is still developing, with his this, his sophomore effort, falling slightly short of his wonderful first film Brick.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Charming and incredible June 17, 2009
Rian Johnson created a great modern day noir film (which was also his debut as a director) with Brick that was really enjoyable. When the word about The Brothers Bloom started making its rounds, it immediately reeled me in. Johnson's style in The Brothers Bloom seems to almost mimic Wes Anderson's at times as several scenes (especially the first ten minutes or so) have a similar feel that seem to be shot in the same way you'd see in an Anderson film. The film also has a Kiss Kiss Bang Bang feel to it with how colorful every shot is. The tone was similar in both films as they both had humor as an underlying tone amongst a dramatic adventure revolving around crime. This film is just a real pleasure to look at. The cinematography seems to tell a story all on its own as every shot seems to be done in a unique way and everything is so vividly colorful.

Every factor of the film is strong. The story isn't entirely original as we've all heard con men stories before, but the way the story unfolds and the development of the characters involved makes it a new experience. The dialogue is also top notch. Nothing stuck out as being cheesy or hokey. Every line spoken was either witty, charming, or something you'd expect to hear in everyday conversation. So it was realistic and natural. The entire cast has to be the film's strongest point though. There doesn't really seem to be a character that's wasted or isn't used to their full potential. Rachel Weisz does steal the show though. Her character is so charismatic, outgoing, and eccentric that she just steals every scene she's a part of.

The Brothers Bloom is one of the best films to be released this year, which is a shame since it seems to have a limited release.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky and beautifully done
I absolutely loved this movie. Very quirky, fun script. It's a conman movie, a suspenseful mystery, and the whole time you aren't sure what exactly is going on or who to believe. Read more
Published 2 days ago by A. Nelson
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Premise Poor Execution
My wife and I looked forward to viewing this movie. The story has such great potential. After viewing both of us thought it was a bit dull. The characters didn't click together.
Published 9 days ago by Ronald Stattel
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite movies.
Rachel is absolutely fantastic in this movie. This is such a ridiculous movie that is so incredibly well done that you forget how ridiculous it is.
Published 11 days ago by Carey Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars A Poem of a Movie!
One of the most fun, smart movies I've ever seen. Had to buy it in case a friend hasn't seen it, which is all the excuse I need to watch it again.
Published 29 days ago by mary brennan
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, mediocre streaming
The Brothers Bloom is one of my favorite movies. It is one of the most underrated films I have ever seen. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Luke Hudson
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated movie!
A fun and well written movie that I enjoyed. I would defintely recommend! After watching it I'm planning on buying it.
Published 2 months ago by R. Acey
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
If you like movies such as matchstick men and grifters, you will enjoy this. One of the great con man movies out there.
Published 2 months ago by Mark Crabtree
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever, witty, quirky, fun and great acting make this con man movie a...
Clever, witty, quirky, fun and great acting make this con man movie a special creation. The direction sets the right mood. Read more
Published 2 months ago by grant gillispie
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, Memorable hidden gem
I consider myself fairly knowledgeable about good movies but this one slipped by me for a long time. The story is great and the characters are fun and memorable. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Zob
5.0 out of 5 stars comic fun
Plays like a comic book reads. Has a little bit of everything; love, betrayal, adventure, and loss. Really a fun watch, would recommend it for just about every and any one.
Published 8 months ago by Sarah Forgie
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