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The Sting

Title: The Sting
Directed by:
George Roy Hill
Written by:
David Ward
Year: 1973

The Sting feels a little bit like a predecessor to films like Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. In other words, it is from the point of view of criminals planning or performing some sort of elaborate heist, it contains several plot twists and is intended to be funny.In this particular case, two grifters plan to swindle a huge amount of money from an unsympathetic gangster boss. The plot itself is carefully developed, which is probably the best part of this film.

However, where films like Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels succeed splendidly with being both ingenious and entertaining, The Sting does not make it all the way. It has some of the ingredients like good acting and a nice plot, but in my eyes, it lacks an edge. Perhaps it was sharper once, but in that case, it has been blunted by more modern and, in my opinion, better films. Three snails to The Sting.

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