For as long as they can remember, the Brothers Bloom have had only each other to depend on. From their childhood in a long series of gloomy foster homes to their high flying lives as the world's two best con men,Stephen (Mark Ruffalo, Zodiac) and Bloom (Oscar winner Adrien Brody, The Pianist) have shared everything.
Stephen brilliantly concocts intricate stories that the brothers live out, but he's still searching for the perfect con, the one where "everyone gets what they want". Meanwhile, Bloom yearns for an "unwritten life" - areal adventure, one not dreamed up by his older brother.
Enter bored, single, ditsy New York heiress Penelope (Oscar winner Rachel Weisz, The Constant Gardener). As Bloom insinuates himself into her life so the brothers can play the con, a genuine romance begins between them. With an offer of a million dollars to bankroll a deal, Penelope impulsively joins Bloom, Stephen and their associate, the sexy Japanese explosives expert named Bang Bang (Academy Award nominee Rinko Kikuchi, Babel), on an ocean liner to Greece.
i recently heard that japanese actress rinko kikuchi had been cast in guillermo del toro's upcoming film 'pacific rim'. her name sounded familiar, and i discovered that it was because i'd seen and liked her performance in 2006's 'babel'. so i decided to check out this other film she's in, 'the brothers bloom'. the tale of con-artist brothers has many delightfully quirky moments. unfortunately it has even more awkward, cringey moments. so i found myself liking the film, disliking it, liking it again, disliking it again (etc) in very quick succession... for pretty much the entire running time. if it had settled on taking itself less seriously, i would've enjoyed it much more. kikuchi's ultra-quirky, almost silent, role is a delight tho!
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