Consummate con man Roy Courtnay has set his sights on his latest mark: the recently widowed Betty McLeish, worth millions. But this time, what should have been a simple swindle escalates into a cat-and-mouse game with the ultimate stakes.
Career con artist Roy Courtnay (Sir Ian McKellen) can hardly believe his luck when he meets well-to-do widow Betty McLeish (Dame Helen Mirren) on-line. As Betty opens her home and life to him, Roy is surprised to find himself caring about her, turning what should be a cut-and-dry swindle into the most treacherous tightrope walk of his life.Written by
New Line Cinema
in 2009, Stephen tells Betty and Roy he is going to Spandau Prison to do research. Spandau Prison was demolished, literally ground to dust, and dumped at sea in 1987 to forestall neo-Nazis from turning it into a shrine. A shopping mall was built on the land. See more »
The film is pretty decent overall and I certainly wasn't bored at any point whilst watching it, however it kind of falls apart at the end. That's due to the events that occur towards the very end of the movie which are totally unpredictable. Often times it's great to be surprised but sometimes the surprise can be a let down as is the case with this film. As I was watching the twist unfold I was totally dumbfounded because nothing prepares you for it and there's absolutely no way anyone could predict that would happen. It's definitely not one of those movies in which you can piece together how it will end so don't even try. I went along with the twist as it happened but the more I though about it I simply did not like it and found it to be dumb and utterly unbelievable. The movie already had a lot of moments up until that point that asked me to suspend my disbelief but that was simply too much. However, overall I still enjoyed the movie but had it ended differently without the surprise I probably would've ended up giving it a 7.
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