Blu-ray Review: THE CON IS ON

THE CON IS ON (fka The Brits Are Coming) was directed by James Haslam from a screenplay he co-wrote with Alex Michaelides and stars Uma Thurman, Tim Roth, Maggie Q, Parker Posey, Crispin Glover, Alice Eve, Sofia Vergara, Melissa Sue Anderson and Stephen Fry.

This stylish, star-studded caper comedy stars Uma Thurman as Harriet and Tim Roth as Peter, a con-artist couple cooking up a jewel-theft scam in L.A. to pay off sexy gangster Irina (played by Maggie Q). Having squandered Irina’s loot one drunken night, Harriet and Peter escape to Hollywood, where they plot to steal a priceless jewel from Peter’s loopy ex-wife (Alice Eve) to repay the debt.

The Con is On follows Harriet and Peter Fox who owe a lot of money to the extremely dangerous Irena so they come up with a plan to steal a valuable ring from Peter’s ex-wife Jackie to help them pay off their huge debt to her. The con kind of gets pushed to the backseat for a while when the movie starts focusing more on the quirky relationships and silly love triangles going on with everyone. Jackie’s unhinged husband Gabriel (Crispin Glover) is having an affair with the deranged Vivien (Sofia Vergara) who is as batshit crazy as she is beautiful. There’s also the poor and pathetic Gina (Parker Posey) who is also in love with Gabriel but she kind of gets lost in the shuffle.

There’s a lot of annoying bickering and irritating arguing going down with all of these people to help pass the time away. It’s filler time! Anyway, the Fox’s end up getting double-crossed by their old friend Sidney (Stephen Fry) who forms a sinister alliance with Irina to help her track down the elusive couple. When Irina finally discovers the Fox’s location and she’s finds out about the ring, bullets start flying in the air but somehow the Fox’s find a way to get away from Irina one more time and they’re able to keep the ring for themselves. Unfortunately for the bumbling con couple, the ring is a fake.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, an image and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc also features some matching artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, The Con is On ended up being an absolute snoozefest and complete waste of talent. The story was boring and all of the character were just uninteresting, including the two obnoxious leads played by Uma Thurman and Tim Roth whose character was continuously popping pills and boozing it up – probably to put himself out of his own misery for taking this sad gig. Who knows! I couldn’t really tell what director James Haslam was going for because the movie wasn’t funny at all and sadly the con got lost in the middle of the over-the-top theatric love triangles. All I can say about The Con is On is that it’s the worst caper-comedy to come along in a while as well as one of the biggest wastes of talents – so at least it has that going for it. The Con is On will be available on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) on July 24th.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 95 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.39:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features:

  • Official Trailer (02:11)


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