Writer-Director Rian Johnson's debut film, Brick, was a work of creative genius. Audaciously clever and wonderfully original, it took a dubious premise -- a Dashiell Hammett-esque detective story, complete with the appropriately impenetrable lingo, set in a modern high school -- and somehow turned it into pure, quirky magic. It completely upended the noir genre and marked both Johnson and the movie's star, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as true voices of independent film.
Which is why I've been patiently awaiting the release of Johnson's new movie, which hits theaters next month.
The Brothers Bloom stars Adrian Brody, Mark Ruffalo and Rachel Weisz. It's a dark comedy (although seemingly not as pitch black as Brick) about two con men who try to rip off an eccentric millionairess. Johnson has just made the movie's opening sequence available for viewing on Hulu, and it looks like it's not going to disappoint.
Take a look, and if you haven't seen it yet -- rent Brick immediately.
Hulu: The Brothers Bloom, Opening Sequence