14 December 2015

Shooting Fish

Shooting Fish 1997
  • Director: Stefan Schwartz
  • Based on book: no
  • Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Dan Futterman, Stuart Townsend, Jane Lapotoire, Tom Chadbom, Phyllis Logan, Ralph Ineson, Annette Crosbie, Dominic Mafham, Peter Capaldi, Nicholas Woodeson
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in
    • Kate Beckinsale – The Aviator, The Last Days of Disco, Cold Comfort Farm, Much Ado about Nothing
    • Dan Futterman – Homicide Life on the Street, The Birdcage, Fisher King
    • Stuart Townsend – surprisingly, only this
    • Jane Lapotoire – Surviving Picasso, Antony and Cleopatra
    • Tom Chadbon– Casino Royale, Dance with a Stranger, Tess
    • Phyllis Logan – Downton Abbey, Wallander, An Unsuitable Job for a Woman, Secrets and Lies
    • Ralph Ineson – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows I & II, Merlin, Another Year, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Macbeth Re-Told, From Hell, Spender
    • Annette Crosbie – Calendar Girls, An Unsuitable Job for a Woman, Richard III, Twelfth Night
    • Dominic Mafham – Humans, Rose and Maloney, Our Mutual Friend, The English Patient
    • Peter Capaldi – World War Z, Dr Who, Modigliani, Smilla’s Sense of Snow, Dangerous Liaisons, Local Heros
    • Nicholas Woodeson – Mr. Turner, Skyfall, Amazing Grace, Topsy-Turvy, Great Expectations, Titanic Town, The Pelican Brief
  • Why? Enjoyed it before
  • Seen: Twice previously. Now 11 December 2015 

‘Fleecing rich guys.’ That’s the motto of nerdy science genius Jez and dyslectic smooth-talking business genius Dylan.  The film starts with them fleecing ignorant business leaders in a computer scam, back in the days when computers were in their infancy.  Their secretary, honest young Georgy, is sceptical of their methods and motives but she helps them out of the disasters that arise when their scams are revealed.
This is London in the 90’s and the film has a nostalgic post-futuristic feel to it. It’s light-weight but fun. The three stars are appealing, the scams are amusing and varied. It takes enough unexpected twists and turns to keep us guessing and it’s a sweet film all the way through. No wonder we like it.

3 ½ * of 5


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