Directed by James Foley, starring Edward Burns, Dustin Hoffman, Rachel Weisz, Andy Garcia, Paul Giamatti, Donal Logue, Luis Guzmán, Brian Van Holt, Robert Forster, Franky G, Morris Chestnut and Louis Lombardi.
There's nothing new about slick conmen on the grift but director James Foley ('Glengarry Glen Ross') and his troupe of classy actors make 'Confidence' an old-fashioned pleasure.
Small-time conman Jake Vig (Burns) and his fellow crooks land themselves in big trouble when they accidentally swindle thousands of dollars from an employee of local crime boss Winston King (Hoffman). King kills one of Vig's partners and threatens worse unless he can atone for his mistakes by scamming rival mobster Morris Price (Forster). Vig and the remnants of his crew - Miles (Van Holt) and Gordo (Giamatti) - team up with sassy pickpocket Lily (wannabe femme fatale Weisz) and King's man Lupus (Frankie G) to work on a swindle with a post-internet boom angle.
The set-up may be simple but the exposition is far from straightforward with crosses and double crosses aplenty. It won't stop you from guessing what's going to happen but, even if the storyline isn't all that strong, happily there's enough weight in the characterisation to keep you watching.
Dustin Hoffman is standout as the creepily tactile King, alternately bullying and flirting with the stoic Jake as he cracks gum loud enough to mess with cinema speakers. His is not the only standout cameo - a sub-plot has Andy Garcia playing a dishevelled-looking FBI agent with a temper management problem, JC Penny and Timex to Jake's Armani and Rolex.
The sharp suits and shades suit Edward Burns who looks remarkably good - he must be taking tips from his supermodel wife Christy Turlington - and, for once, he manages to stay on the right side of smarmy as he firmly raises the bar on his acting career. There's solid support across the board - with the exception of a wooden Rachel Weisz - and the cast makes the most of a smart and literate, if predictable, script.
Early on in the piece, King tells Jake, "sometimes style can get you killed". Sometimes, just sometimes, style can make the cut.