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Honest, no lies, straight up: a must-buy
on 20 January 2006
The Main Feature: It's all about The Con. Well, sort of. That's the line, but 'Hustle' has always been just as much about the zip, the zap, the style and the characters of the Con. Series 2 is no different, and once again, it's deliciously good drama.
Both the grifting gang and the hustles are as entertaining - and downright clever - as ever. Series creator Tony Jordan skilfully stirs together often seemingly random scenes with a generous sprinkling of surprise, suspense and sassiness before they all combine and the Con is fully revealed.
The acting's fine, but that's not really the point; 'Hustle' is mostly about its sparkling surfaces and plot acrobatics. That's not to say that the quintet don't gel, because they do. Robert Vaughn (Albert) is refined and memorable, like a rare, well matured whisky, while Warren (Danny) and Lester (Mickie) fizz together, with lashings of humour and juicy one-liners.
As they work their marks, the gang clearly has a great time. And the tone of the production matches that giddy mood, with a jazzy Vegas soundtrack, freeze frames, and even fourth-wall eye contact by the characters. 'Hustle' has its farfetched moments, but Bharat Nalluri's keen direction keeps the action fluid and linear. Storylines have a splendid rationale that would only reveal holes upon unnecessarily close inspection. It's a pacey and playful show, from the cartoon opening credits to the twists at the end. This isn't the dark psychodrama of 'The Grifters' or one of David Mamet's double-cross movies. It's a fluffy hour of flimflam, spun with silk and told with a wink.
Overall Package/Extras: The DVD comprises two disks; each containing three full-length episodes and one half of the 30 minute making-of documentary on the season finale. It's good - with plenty of behind the scenes footage and cast/crew interviews - although individual episode commentaries would have been welcome.
Both are packaged in a standard plastic DVD case which matches the Series 1 box.