Saturday, May 31, 2008

Flawless DVD

DVD Review by Kam Williams

Headline: Michael Caine and Demi Moore Whodunit Due on DVD

Laura Quinn (Demi Moore) was the first female executive at the London Diamond Corporation, England’s leading importer of precious gems. However, the 38 year-old American is still a disgruntled employee because she’s been repeatedly passed over for a promotion to managing director.
This slight has not been lost on Mr. Hobbs (Michael Caine), the company’s janitor. Hoping Laura’s angry enough about hitting the glass ceiling to take revenge, the elderly widower suggests they rob the jewel-filled vault in the basement.
The foolproof scheme sounds simple enough. All she has to do is give him the combination, and he will crack the safe during his overnight shift. And he promises to purloin only a tiny pouchful of priceless stones, so that no one will even notice the theft.
Everything is set when Laura has second thoughts because of recent upgrades in the site’s surveillance system. Hobbs ignores her pleas to abandon the conspiracy, and proceeds as planned.
The plot thickens the morning after the robbery, when it is discovered that the place has been totally cleaned out, and the company has to announce losses in the hundreds of millions. Why did Hobbs lie and steal more than agreed upon amount of stones? Did greed get the better of him or did he have a massive robbery in mind all along?
With the case having all the earmarks of an inside job, how long will he and Laura keep from arousing the suspicion of the investigating detectives? These are just a few of the questions raised en route to the surprising resolution of as intriguing a psychological mindbender as you could hope to wrap your head around.
A masterfully-constructed, multi-layered whodunit certain to keep you confounded and guessing about each succeeding twist from start to finish.

Excellent (3.5 stars)
Rated PG-13 for brief profanity.
Running time: 109 minutes
Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
DVD Extras: Audio commentary, deleted scenes and a featurette.

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