Over the extended weekend I had an opportunity to see The Brothers Bloom, and I jumped at it enthusiastically. It’s currently out on limited release since May 15th and goes nationwide on May 29th.  It is the follow-up to director Rian Johnson’s acclaimed Brick and it stars Adrian Brody, Mark Ruffalo, and Rachel Weisz. We thought we’d highlight the trailer for you and give this film some of the attention it deserves.

The plot centers around the world’s greatest con men, the Brothers Bloom, who have duped millionaires with complex scenarios involving love, intrigue, double-cross and of course, slight of hand. Bloom (Brody) has grown tired of the fabricated story-lines and scripted characters his brother, Stephen (Ruffalo), has created since their youth, so big brother maps one last mark to set them up with an easy $2.5 million – but they couldn’t have anticipated a better victim than Penelope Stamp (Weisz).

At first, Stamp appears to be an easy target. She’s rich, beautiful and has a huge problem with loneliness, which is exactly what Stephen had deduced, but one of the brothers falls for her because she’s far more than that. In the trailer she delivers a line that has stuck with me since I left the theater (amongst others) and it’s : “The trick to not feeling cheated is to learn how to cheat.” She proves to be much more than they bargained for.

Check out the trailer:

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Johnson, who also wrote the script, delivers a smart film at nearly every instance. Coupled with stand-out performances by Brody and Weisz, this sly picture is chock full of beautiful characters and dialogue to match. His real brother Nathan Johnson provides a soundtrack that is both magical and well performed, giving the characters life and essence to breathe within – which can be best exemplified by this six minute clip of the opening of the film:

The Brothers Bloom is a slick comedy that is both fun and inspiring, lively and easy to look at, earning it praise across the board. Expanding into wide release on May 29th, it’ll take you for a ride like any con movie should and leave you astounded as to where it finally ends up.