Returning to the shady underworld of House Of Games, writer-director David Mamet serves up more entertaining duplicity as the con men con the con men again, except here they've all got guns. Thief Gene Hackman and his crew get put in a spot when their volatile fence (Danny DeVito) makes them take one last job and then insists his man goes along too.
It's great fun watching each intricate sting play out with Swiss watch precision, but seeing the balance of power shift between the players is every bit as enjoyable. Mamet builds the expectation that any of the principals may turn on each other at any moment, yet still makes the alliances which do last seem credible. Even if he is too ready to ditch realism in favour of ultra-smart staccato dialogue.