AMSTERDAM (2022) Reviews of star-studded cast in romantic crime thriller

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Amsterdam is a 2022 romantic crime thriller about three friends who witness a murder, become suspects and then uncover an outrageous plot. Set during the 1930s.

Written, co-produced and directed by David O. Russell (Joy; American Hustle; Silver Linings Playbook; The Fighter; I Heart Huckabees; Three Kings; Flirting with Disaster; Spanking the Monkey). Also produced by Matthew Budman, Anthony Katagas and Arnon Milchan.

The movie stars Christian Bale, Robert De Niro, Chris Rock, Margot Robbie, John David Washington, Rami Malek, Zoe Saldaña, Mike Myers, Timothy Olyphant, Michael Shannon, Anya Taylor-Joy, Andrea Riseborough, Matthias Schoenaerts, Alessandro Nivola and Taylor Swift.

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Release:
In the US, 20th Century Studios will release Amsterdam theatrically in select locations on October 7, 2022.

Reviews:
“The material plays to Russell’s strengths, delivering hyper situations and confused characters, but whatever the helmer lost while making “Joy” is not found in “Amsterdam,” which aims to be cheeky and offbeat, but it’s exhausting instead, never finding its way as a quasi-farce about people in deep trouble.” 4/10, Blu-ray.com

” …the grim fact of the US’s proto-fascism understandably means that the comedy isn’t going to be too lighthearted, although the obscurity of this story means that isn’t immediately clear. Well, there are some very good performances, and Washington has taken another step towards A-lister greatness.” 3/5, The Guardian

” …Amsterdam held a lot of promise. To be sure, there are moments of enjoyment to be had here, and those who don’t mind more convoluted plots can probably sit back and bask in the viewing experience. Overall, though, Amsterdam falls short in some key places, making it quite an underwhelming affair.” Screen Rant

“It’s sloppy and disconnected, crammed with thinly drawn characters play-acting ‘30s screwball as Russell’s unmoored camera and jarring editing force the issue instead of capturing something genuine which, even with a game cast, clearly wasn’t there to begin with. Bale’s oddball Pacino-doing-Columbo shtick has its moments, however, and he and Saldana’s flinty autopsy nurse share a few moments of vulnerability hinting that a more tightly focused narrative would have served this matchup better.” The Wrap

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