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Bizarre - but very entertaining
on 9 May 2014
'Hustlers' is an odd ball film, I didn't have high expectations before watching it despite the all star cast - but very much enjoyed it.
The movie centres around a pawn shop owned by Alton (Vincent D'Onofrio) in a quirky southern town. The store provides the link for three loosely connected humorous dark short stories, the characters may not necessarily meet, but they are all connected in one way or another.
The first is a dark comedy crime story about two deranged drug addicts who are planning to rob their manufacturer. The second (and best) is Richard (Matt Dillon) who stumbles across his ex wife's wedding ring in the store, she has been missing for six years, and he sets out to find who has pawned the ring off, as things transpire, it turns into a pretty intense and shocking horror. The third (the weakest but nevertheless watchable) centres around failing Elvis Presley impersonator Ricky (Brendan Fraser) who finds getting a haircut in this strange little town with unusual residents a lot more trouble than he bargained for. The cast also includes Elijah Wood, as the eerie Johnny Shaw, who meets a 'very sticky' end.
All of these stories are well written, crafted and acted, with plenty of twists and turns. But be warned, they are also very off the wall, you'll either get them or you won't. I'd describe 'Hustlers' as crazy, bizarre, strange, even cartoon-ish for the most part - but for me, it made for an interesting, unique and very funny comedy film. Contains a lot of violence!