Con Air to Con Artist
Matchstick Men
Review by Ross Anthony

Shot in a stylish bluish tint that's starting to become less stylish to me, "MM" follows the exploits of a neurotic con man ("Con Arteest" Roy would correct me). Smooth on the job, Roy (Cage) is driving himself crazy with twitches and odd habits. At first these eccentricities amuse, but after a while become somewhat as annoying to the audience as they are to him.

Though humorous and quirky at times, the film is lie-laden. And while it may be fun in an empty way to watch Cage, the film loses might whenever Rockwell is off screen. At the end of the day the production sports quality direction, acting, and dialogue; but you may not want to spend your evening watching a handful of lost souls lie to each other. A similar film, "Catch Me if You Can" at least offers some truly warm characters in the mix. (I'm telling you Christopher Walken's performance in that movie rocks!)

Btw, though not everybody will, some will find MM's ending rather predictable as I did. Additionally besides a matchbox few of implausibles, you also might not expect a super-clean, take-off-your-shoes-on-my-carpet, kind of guy to also chain smoke.

  • Matchstick Men. Copyright © 2003. 116 minutes. PG-13.
  • Starring by Nicolas Cage, Sam Rockwell, Alison Lohman, Bruce Altman, Bruce McGill, Sheila Eastin.
  • Directed by Ridley Scott.
  • Screenplay by Nicholas Griffin & Ted Griffin.
  • Based on the book by Eric Garcia.
  • Produced by Sean Bailey, Ted Griffin, Jack Rapke, Ridley Scott, Steve Starkey at Warner Bros/Imagemovers/Scott Free/ Rickshaw.

Grade..........................B (2/4)

Copyright © 2001. Ross Anthony, currently based in Los Angeles, has scripted and shot documentaries, music videos, and shorts in 35 countries across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. For more reviews visit:

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