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Published March 2nd 2014
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Starring Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Renner and Amy Adams. This star studded line up of talent takes the film American Hustle to another level, consequently being nominated for 10 Oscars and winning an array of other prestigious awards. If the plot and narrative don't keep your attention, the star quality in the characters surely will.

American Hustle details the life of a professional con-man, who garners much pride and joy through reaping money from those who earned it. The title American Hustle is aptly named and gives the impression of greed and corruption, to its credit the director delves into the elements in which grants the film a sinister yet universal appeal.

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Irving Rosenfield, the character played by Christian Bale, makes a decision to milk the American dream for all that it's worth. After seeing the successes of his father's business flushed down the toilet, Irving strives to avoid following in his father's fate.

As the narrative prolongs ironically so does Irving's problems, and he eventually finds himself facing jail time, alongside a woman he met and fell in love with.

Richie DiMaso, played by Bradley Cooper, is an FBI with a flare for action and adventure. He is also the man who pincers Irving and his partner Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence) into a deal in which they simply cannot refuse; to work as FBI informants against other con-artists within the city; albeit con-men with millions in the bank - the casino conglomerate.

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Through trials and hardship; Irving, Rosalyn and Richie work together to achieve their goals, however untrustworthy and selfish as they threaten to be.

Director David O. Russell utilised the fluorescent colours and scandalous outfits that were prevalent during that era; scene after scene an element of fashion and glamour meets your eyes, enabling a palpable experience for the audience.
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