Sun 20 Oct 2013
‘Flawless’ meets two actors who for me are at the opposite poles – Michael Caine who cannot do wrong and Demi Moore who cannot do right. The action tales place in the early 60s and Moore is a female executive in the diamond industry which must have been a very rare thing at that time. Caine is a janitor close to retirement in the building in downtown London which hosts the corporation Moore works for. The two make the most improbable pair of burglars one can imagine. A robbery which may not even be a robbery.
The detective story is much less than flawless. What gives value to the film is the human motivation of the two heroes. Did I say that they make improbable partners? Yet each of the two has a good motivation for doing what they do, and the film can be read as a feminist story in a world of male-dominated corporations, and as a love story of a very different kind.
So what about the acting? Unfortunately here lies the big minus of the film in my opinion. This may be one of the best films of Demi Moore – I do not know, as I never liked her acting. She seems to me stiff and … unfeminine in this film. Worst than this, she seems to succeed to draw down Michael Caine as well and make of his role in this film one of the less convincing I have seen him in. Far from flawless.