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The film begins with Moore in old-face, playing a Laura Quinn, a former manager at the London Diamond Corporation, as she meets with a reporter to detail her life for a story called "Women Who Lead." As Moore recounts her history, the story quickly flashes back to 1960, but her life almost half a century ago was far from the swinging London of Austin Powers. Radford subtly sets the viewer in time through the use of wardrobe and Dave Brubeck's famous song "Take Five," instead. As "no blood for diamonds" protests rage outside the London Diamond Corporation's walls (and no, Kanye West doesn't appear on the soundtrack), Quinn is repeatedly subjected to the brunt of the corporate glass ceiling as she is passed over for promotion in favor of her lesser male counterparts. Enter Caine as Mr. Hobbs, the London Diamond Corporation janitor who has for quite some time been plotting to burgle his employers. Quinn reveals her discontent through a series of memos she's written to herself, and upon discovering the notes during his cleaning rounds Hobbs recruits her for his caper. When the shit finally hits the fan, we discover that the scheming Hobbs has nabbed more than the one million pounds worth of jewels he originally expressed interest in. As the movie progresses, a multitude of political and personal reasons for Hobbs' desire to clear out the entire inventory of the London Diamond Corporation's safe become wonderfully entangled.
This is Demi Moore's first lead role in some time, and aside from a small part in the cameo-rich Bobby in 2006 and the Charlie's Angels franchise its her first real film in a decade. Undaunted by rust, Moore plays Laura Quinn with competent if unextraordinary aplomb. Taking a cue from the bad actor's handbook, Moore's inability to pull of a British accent very convincingly has been written into the plot, which declares that she is actually American. On the more accurate side of the leading pair, Caine is his usual likeable Cockney self, seemingly game for any role and imbuing even his most serious lines with a nudge and a wink. Radford does a good job directing the duo, even if he relies on certain conventions, like the last-minute reveal of how the heist went down, to buttress the story. There's also a bit of a schmaltzy coda at the end of the movie, but in my mind its inclusion didn't detract from the picture as a whole the way it seems to have done for other critics, who may have set their sights too high. Taken as a heist movie and given the little bit of patience and some suspension of disbelief that it requires, Flawless is worth the effort. SEE ALSO: www.flawlessfilm.com
Jonah Flicker writes, lives, drinks, eats, and consumes music in New York, via Los Angeles. He once received a fortune in a fortune cookie that stated the following: "Soon, a visitor shall delight you." He's still waiting.
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