Red Rock Entertainment: Scam Stories in Top Films

Scam stories have always fascinated the audience: rich life, huge mansions, parties all night long, and dollar bills that one doesn’t know where to put. If this isn’t the description of the American Dream, then what is?

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On Oct 30, 2019
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Scam Stories in Top Films

Every single subject of every single scam story knows that there will be a pay-day when it all will fall to pieces, and yet, all the biggest scammers in the history still go for those “easy” money and risk their jobs, families, and always lives to earn that money or learn someone a lesson. Together with the greatest minds of the British film industry from Red Rock Entertainment, you will be able to learn about the greatest scam-story films released in the past five years.
The Infiltrator (2016)
The period of the 80s in the States was drug-cartels running the South. And this story, so scrupulously and grainy depicted by Brad Furman, is exactly one of them. The colour palette and the extraordinary cinematography of this film truly recall one of the greatest scams the US customs have ever worked through. Bryan Cranston is so perfectly playing Robert Mazur – the customs official and his undercover wife Diane Kruger set off on a mission to take down a part of Escobar’s network. Get ready to dive into the tequila and nicotine tones of taste and look, the feeling of a luxurious life on the edge of a knife between the greatest narco-baron Pablo Escobar and the last assignment while on service and the officials of the homeland. Fear and affected merriness, sincere hesitation and compulsory decisions, these all are The Infiltrator.
American Made (2017)
The scams going two if not three ways are the core of this entertaining crime thriller directed by Doug Liman. Barry Seal is a true historical figure in US history so brilliantly depicted by Tom Cruise with his white grin, aviator sunglasses, and perfectly attractive shape. Once an ordinary boring pilot with a perfect wife becomes the centre of the gun, narcotics, and money-laundering schemes for Colombia’s Medellín Cartel and Nicaragua’s anti-communist rebels. While pushed into the schemes not by his own will, Barry takes it all from the (un)fortunate cooperation. The good-old voiceover flashback so perfectly intertwined into the story by the director ideally fit the story into the hall of fame for the greatest scam story films according to Red Rock Entertainment film critics.
The Wizard of Lies (2017)
The Ponzi scheme by Bernie Madoff, exquisitely played by Robert De Niro, robbed $65 billion from his unsuspecting victims. The Wizard of Lies by Barry Levinson is about this biggest fraud in the history of the United States. This film is, however, not about those victims per se, it is about the closest family of Madoff’s and the clueless sociopath not knowing how he robbed about 15% of his own country. While the story of the greatest scam is in the core of this film, it is more of a psychological thriller where the feelings of the main characters are what matters most. This film falls out of the list presented here since it depicts another side of the story and involves less chasing and action. Nevertheless, it is for people who like to analyse the psychology of scams in their core.
Molly's Game (2017)
This is a directional debut for Aaron Sorkin, who has well been known for writing the scripts for The Social Network, The Newsroom, The West Wing, and many more. While the film is definitely worth the attention of the cinema lovers, those who love cinematography like in The Infiltrator should probably go back to re-watching that film. Molly’s Game is still more about words rather than pictures, and this is probably the echo of Sorkin’s previous occupation. However, the extraordinary play of Jessica Chastain as Molly Bloom perfectly covers all those drawbacks. Molly’s Game tells a story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier whose brain works even better than her muscles because she develops and runs the world’s most exclusive and incorruptible stakes poker game. At some point, this scheme gets to the FBI’s radars and this is the moment the viewers step into the game on the screen.
All the films above do tell the stories of the great scams, probably the greatest scams of all time that happened within the past century. Each of them is unique and same to the rest: they all have action and drama, but the first two can entertain with tension and action while the latter are focus on the psychological survival of the lead characters. These are truly top films of the past five years in their genre. So if you still have not seen them, then don’t wait! Get some popcorn and click “Play.”

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