American Hustle opens with Christian Bale’s overweight conman Irving standing in front of a mirror piecing together his elaborate comb over. With glue, product, additional hair pieces it’s no doubt that it’s meticulous. Although this time consuming exercise is obviously for fake ends, it’s a necessary lie agreed upon. It’s with that spirit that director and co-writer David O. Russell deftly draws back the curtain on the flawed ugliness underpinning the foundations of the American dream. A ‘small time’ conman Irving Rosenfeld (Bale) and his mistress/partner Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams), masquerading as the moneyed British countess Lady Edith, get entrapped by ambitious FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper). Instead of throwing them in jail he uses these small fish to attempt to bait a questionable politician Carmine Polito (Jeremy Renner). Throw in an ever escalating scam and the deeper the con, the more you’re not sure whose being played.
About the Film:
Ends on Thursday Feb 6th
A fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most stunning scandals to rock our nation, American Hustle tells the story of brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), who along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) is forced to work for a wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper). DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that's as dangerous as it is enchanting. Jeremy Renner is Carmine Polito, the passionate, volatile, New Jersey political operator caught between the con-artists and Feds. Irving's unpredictable wife Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence) could be the one to pull the thread that brings the entire world crashing down. Like David O. Russell's previous films, American Hustle defies genre, hinging on raw emotion, and life and death stakes