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flashback friday

Flashback Friday. An opportunity to look back at old photos with a sentimental yearning for the good all days and post them on the Gram. Or to cringe in embarrassment at that photo of you with a glorious bowl cut. 

Here at Movie Army Flashback Friday is a little different. Our contributors look back at one of their favourite movies of all time and give us the low down on it. So it goes without saying that the film is gonna be a five outta five. 

This week Luke Williams looks at one of his favourite films
The Brothers Bloom

“The perfect con is where everyone involved gets just what they wanted.”

Stephen (Mark Ruffalo) and Bloom (Adrien Brody) are transient brothers bounced from family to family by social services. They don’t stay long at any location as they were usually caught performing and perfecting the art of the con. As they grew up they eventually started to grow apart and Bloom becomes dissatisfied with life. Stephen looks to fix this by doing one last con.

The introduction sequence is cinematic perfection. I recommend that you watch it multiple times. There’s a lot to appreciate.


Rinko Kikuchi (Bang Bang) is a nearly silent nitroglycerin expert, but when she does speak, it’s a perfect moment.


Rachel Weisz plays an eccentric billionaire who collects hobbies. Stephen sees her as a potential mark and hatches a complex plan that hinges on Bloom making her fall in love with him.


Throughout the film the mise en scène is on point and sometimes unexplainable. In one moment of the film, Stephen says, “That’s my new favourite camel”. Since that is now a thing you know, you’re going to need to find out why.


I could not recommend this movie highly enough as its a thoroughly enjoyable film with some excellent quotes and a brilliant cameo by Robbie Coltrane.


“The trick to not being cheated is to learn how to cheat.”

The Brothers Bloom (2008)
Directed by Rian Johnson
Starring Mark Ruffalo, Adrien Brody, Rachel Weisz, Rinko Kikuchi, Robbie Coltrane.

Words by Luke Williams

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