American Hustle is a 2013 American crime comedy-drama film directed by David O Russel , from a screenplay written by Eric Warren Singer and Russell, loosely based on the FBI ABSCAM operation of the late 1970’s. It stars Christian bale and Amy adams as two con artists who are forced by an FBI agent (Bradley Cooper) to set up a sting operation on corrupt politicians. Jennifer lawrence plays the eccentric wife of Bale’s character.
This film has been nominated for 10 academy awards and has already won three golden globes.The film is about a very brilliant confidence man Irving Rosenfeld(bale) and an equally smart con artist Sydney Prosser(amy).They meet.They fall in love. And then they work together.Sydney assumes the name of “Lady Edith Greensley” to help out Irving and speaks in a thick british accent.Irving has an adoptive son Danny with his wife Rosalyn(lawrence), who will not divorce him.
Meanwhile an ambitious FBI agent Richard “Richie” DiMaso catches them in a loan scam and offers to free them if they help him out for four addtional arrests.Irwing came up with an idea of a sheik looking for potential investments in America.Irwing makes friends with the mayor of camden,new jersey Carmine Polito (Jeremy renner).Carmine is very popular and has been trying hard to get investments to set up casinos in new jersey.He believes casinos can create more job offers and capital.So he gets easily entrapped by Irwing.But since they had become such good friends in a very short time Irwing decides to help Carmine and himself out all the trouble that has been created.Richie gets suspended from the agency.Many politicians got arrested for the ABSCAM.Carmine got a reduced sentence for the efforts put together by Irwing.
Meanwhile Rosalyn decides to live with pete.Irwing and Sydney starts a legitimate art gallery and move in together.Irwing and Rosalyn agreed on sharing the custody of their adopted son.
I personally believe this is one of the most overrated films of last year.But its not a bad film.Infact it is a good film but slightly overrated at the academy awards.The film can definitely boast of the wonderful performances from the lead cast.Christian bale and bradley cooper is very convincing in their roles.But the limelight belongs to Amy adams and the miss popular Jennifer lawrence.They are spectacular.They have managed to bring so much life into their characters.Both have done their best roles so far.But as of the film, despite being entertaining, thrilling ,witty and colorful ,lags at some places and even bores you at times.And more over no not at all a material for the oscars except for the acting dept.
My Rating : 8/10