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Watch the opening sequence of 'The Brothers Bloom'

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Director Rian Johnson’s movie Brick very much divided the relatively small number of people who saw it. Some, such as myself, thought it a brilliantly skilled relocation of the noir genre (specifically the work of crime author Dashiell Hammett) to a contemporary high school. And some thought it a load of overly arch baloney. Anyway, Johnson has now posted the opening sequence of his follow-up The Brothers Bloom on hulu.com. The film, which the director describes as a “big, fun, globe-trotting con man movie,” stars Adrien Brody and Mark Ruffalo as a pair of sibling grifters attempting to bilk millionairess Rachel Weisz out of her fortune. However, this pre-credit sequence depicts the very start of the young Blooms’ life as con artists. See what you think. But, frankly, anything that features Rod Stewart’s terrific reworking of The Temptations’ “(I Know) I’m Losing You” and not one but two blackly comic gags about injured cats is just aces by me.

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