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Genre: Drama/Crime
Cast: Adrien Brody, Rachel Weisz, Mark Ruffalo, Rinko Kikuchi, Maximilian Schell, Robbie Coltrane
Director: Rian Johnson
Rating: PG
Year Made: 2009







Languages: English
Subtitles: English/Chinese
Aspect Ratio: 16x9
Sound: Dolby Digital
Running Time: 1 hr 53 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Scorpio East
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Welcome to the world of "The Brothers Bloom," where deception is an art and nothing is as it seems. The brothers have perfected the art of swindling fortunes through years of fraternal teamwork. Now they've decided to take on one last spectacular job—luring a beautiful and eccentric heiress into an elaborate plot that takes them around the world. Together with Bang Bang, sexy Japanese explosives expert, the quartet makes their way from Athens to Prague to Mexico to St. Petersburg, Penelope quickly becomes addicted to the illicit thrills. But as Stephen's elaborate web of deceit pulls tighter, Bloom begins to wonder if his brother has devised the most dangerous con of his life.


The Brothers Bloom is one of the coolest con movie in recent years. It spun a lovely tale about scam that it almost felt like the movie was trying to lure the viewers into falling for the elaborated turn of events. It has a charming introduction to the brothers’ foray into the scamming business and a tongue in cheek presentation on how intricately their scams were planned out.

After it’s opening hook, the movie opens up with introduction of various quirky characters that inhibit this wonderful movie. First up, there’s the brother Bloom, who is jaded with all the con jobs and wants to get out of it. But he realized (directly or indirectly) that the best part of his life happened when he was pretending to be the characters that his brother Stephen had written for him. Stephen with the writer flair is the brain behind the con duo and it was a delight to see how he conjures impressive tight nit scam for his brother to play out. His constant manipulation of his brother blurs the line of pure brotherhood concern or working things to his advantage.

Then there’s Bang Bang, a Japanese lady who specialize in rigging explosive and stood out as a character who speak less than 3 English words. There a cool lethalness about this silent character that makes her the most enjoyable character to watch out for and there are possibility so many spin offs that could be written with her character in mind.

Last but not least, there Penelope, a poor rich lady who is a bit of shut in and spend her lonely time picking up hobbies. Her quirky persona coupled with some unexpected street smartness made her character shine and endearing.

Together, these four winsome characters are thrown into a scam that promises an adventure of a lifetime for one and a last scam job for the other. It’s filled with witty banters between characters and figurative clues hidden in plain sights for both the viewers and characters to discover. It was one heck of an adventure to go through and one that’s worth revisiting soon.

If there’s any let downs in this movie, it would have to be the somewhat abrupt ending. It does not feel in tune with the comedic feel that the movie been having. The sudden change made it hard to appreciate the symbolic meaning that was intended and it can take quite awhile before one can appreciate the rationale behind the sudden change of the movie’s tune.

Nonetheless, the Brothers Bloom is still one great movie title to check out. It symbolized the essence of movie watching in which we lived vicariously through the lives of other medium. The adventures we seek to live out but didn’t have to go through the hassle and danger of actually doing it. Highly recommended.


This Code 3 DVD contains no extra features.


The Brothers Bloom is one movie that relies heavily on picturesque scenery and lively soundtrack. The dvd does a decent job in presenting both aspects well and transporting the audience into the wonderful make believe world of the con men.



Review by Richard Lim Jr

Posted on 4 November 2009


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This review is made possible with the kind support from Scorpio East


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