`Confidence' is an `Oceans-11' type Heist movie with its own unique personality. While he sticks to the genre formula, Director, James Foley, moves this film along at a steady, active pace and throws in enough twists and turns to keep us involved.
Ironically, the master mind is a guy named Jake Vig (Ed Burns). Ironic because Mr. Vig (his last name meaning 'the take' or 'the amount charged by the bookie for services rendered') is a `charming, virile fellow' (slang definition for `jake`) who wishes to accomplish his 'gigs' with minimal actual violence. Unfortunately, a heist goes sideways when he and his crew find they have jacked a morally bankrupt criminal called 'King' , who is not partial to letting things slide. In fact, with an act of very harsh measure, King makes it acutely clear what he requires to resolve the matter. Of course Jake refuses and the negotiations begin. This is where the twists and turns commence and the whole thing gets interesting.
The caliber of talent in `Confidence' is amazing. The crew, Brian Van Holt (Cougar Town), Paul Giamatti (Oscar nom.), Rachel Weisz (Oscar winner) and Ed Burns (a celebrated actor/director himself) come off as a tightly knit, intelligent bunch that are as close and trusting as family should be. Two cops on the take (Donal Logue and Luis Guzman) are hilarious hired help who hope to come out ahead. Of course, King (Dustin Hoffman, Oscar winner) has bodyguards galore. Tiny Lister (as Harlan) intimidates politely, yet inimitably, as usual. A young, handsome Latino, Frankie G, displays his chameleon-like acting chops as Lupus, Harlan's understudy. There is a moderate amount of subtle symbolism, in my opinion. Unfortunately, I've been told I have to be hit up long-side the head with it (symbolism) to see it. For example, the name Lupus seems apropos for this particular bodyguard's character, in terms of the word's medical implications. It would be a fun subject for discussion.
The movie, 'Confidence', ends up being a Heist/Revenge movie with some great twists and a surprise ending. I'm not a great fan of Heist films, but I enjoyed my 97 minutes just fine. It was well paced, well acted, and well ... I liked it.