Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Con Man Confidential; not so confidential anymore!
The whole concept behind the documentary film by Adolph, “Con Man Confidential” underlies greed and money, an obvious typecast of a con artist. It amazes me to see how much money and greed can really turn your life into a downward spiral of lies and deceit and will eventually lead to a massive downfall. This documentary is a perfect example of the old saying, “the grass is always greener on the other side.” Life definitely is what you make of it. If you’re out there searching for a something better, you will never be satisfied with what you have, and these men in the film are a perfect example of that. The director’s choice of sequences about different topics was very fascinating. The first sequence was how these different men conned people. It was a shallow sequence that contained no depth of the individual. They each talked about the characteristics of a conman. You had to be “sleek, confident, and assuring,” as well as not break eye contact with the person you were conning. Confidence was another key aspect they continually talked about. For example, one man stated, “Believe you will win and you will.” If you are confident in yourself, everyone will believe in you, which is a life lesson in itself. The second sequence of shots talked a little more about these men and how they grew up in harsh environments. The audience was really able to see how they were brought up, in a personal environment and how it really affected them in the long run. The last sequence was about how they got caught and how much they were serving in for conning people for millions. Adolph’s choice of sequence was genius. He introduced the topic, and then the audience got a background feel to these men, and then their outcomes. It unfolded the film nicely, and it was a brilliant choice of editing. This film made me realize how content I am with my life and how things have unfolded thus far. All I really need in life are friends and an open mind. Being able to travel and have a good outlook on life is all one really needs.