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All this is intelligently scripted by Edward A. Anderson (a maiden effort) and directed by Michael Radford with a crisp, unostentatious eye; the cold interiors of the Lon Di headquarters, generically oppressive on first sight, take on a nuanced familiarity as the place where, for the most part, Laura Quinn spends her life. Demi Moore--scarlet lips in a black-and-grey world--admirably catches Laura's not-quite-smothered ambition and frustration without breaking her cover, as it were. Michael Caine couldn't be better as Hobbs, an invisible man in plain sight (how many viewers fail to notice his first appearance in the film?); he's the master of his trade, but you knew that. There's a framing story, set more or less in the present, which seems to be an obligatory bow to feminism but sets up a tease or two of its own, then adds yet another twist to the proceedings. --Richard T. Jameson
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"Flawless", directed by Michael Radford ("Il Postino") is an interesting, overlooked film. At it's heart, "Flawless" is a caper film "based on a true story", but it presents so many other ideas and themes, making it more complex and watch able.
Michael Caine is, as always, great. Mr. Hobbs is the kindly old man you see hobbling along, happy with his place in life, always eager and willing to do his job. But as we learn more and more about him, we see there are many other levels to his character. Caine is a great actor, a subtle actor and he reveals these layers slowly making them more believable and surprising. It isn't Caine's best performance ever, but Mr. Hobbs is immensely watch able.Read more ›
One of the very few Demi Moore productions that I can honestly say works perfectly. No weak plot holes, no imperfect characterizations, no wasted or wasteful verbiage, timing or editing. Just like the stones they manage - it's been cut perfectly.
Additionally, if there were ever a film that truly celebrates women WITHOUT the pathetic Hollywood clichés that consistently find their way into so called 'empowerment' flicks - this is it. I can't recommend this enough to any woman, young or old, who won't be inspired by Moore's performance as Laura Quinn - the strong, bold and energetic professional consistently pre-judged and passed over by lesser individuals simply because she was female.
A revealing peek into the inequalities and injustices that women faced in the early days of the postwar business world. One that is sadly authentic and accurate. But her response to the continual professional and personal indignities is wickedly wonderful.
This is likely my favorite performance by Ms. Moore. A quiet and substantial role that should've garnered a lot more attention by the award committees. And for me personally, a major, major uptick in respect for her as a thespian.
And yet another sublime role for the inimitable Michael Caine as the quiet Mr. Hobbs, janitor and general nobody. He delivers these performances with such ease that I suspect we take them, and him, for granted. Try to imagine another performer in this role - the list is exceedingly brief.
Like any good heist flick, there are several excellent twists - enough for even the most jaded of fans to be kept guessing. Just what is Mr. Hobbs' end game?Read more ›
Highly recommended for those who like an intelligent plot infused with intrigue. Caine and Moore are a pleasure to watch.
Not a flawless gem, but a gem nonetheless, "Flawless" is an entertaining romp through 1960s London where a clever and extremely profitable jewel heist is perpetrated by two unlikely partners in crime. Michael Caine stars as Mr. Hobbs, a long-time janitor at London Diamond Corporation, a distributor of diamonds to six continents. Mr. Hobbs will be retiring soon and would like a healthier nest egg than what his pension will provide. In same company is Demi Moore as Laura Quinn, a career-driven, Oxford-educated manager whose lacquered coiffure can't penetrate the proverbial glass ceiling despite her dedication and brains. Soon to be ousted, she's persuaded by Hobbs to be his accomplice in the theft of a mere Thermos-ful of stones, just enough to make them both rich, but not enough to make a noticeable dent in Lon Di's two-ton inventory of uncut diamonds.
There's far more to this story than meets the eye and we'd be mistaken to think that it's all about the money. Hobbs' true motivation and the cleverness of the actual heist will surprise. The film also attempts to inject some social awareness in here, what with the exploitation of S. Africa for its diamonds and the popularity of the film `Blood Diamond.Read more ›
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A film that has been unnecessarily overlooked. Demi Moore plays the only woman manager in 1950 at the London Diamond Corporation, sort of DeBeers on steroids, if that is possible. Read morePublished 8 days ago by robert mcmurry
Great movie and I would've given it 5 stars except they had to throw one f bomb in there. Really?!Published 1 month ago by Good Picks
interesting movie;. Demi good with a slight British accent.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer jobey
Great heist movie! I am a Michael Caine fan but had missed this one!Published 2 months ago by Cal Gal
A woman who has hit the glass ceiling in a diamond company in the 1960's explains to an inquisitive journalist her roe in which she was unwittingly involved in a diamond heist in... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Walter Yeo