Lorraine Bracco handily takes command of “Scam” as a solo con artist who converts to teamwork with Christopher Walken to go after a racketeer’s ready cash. The Walken-Bracco pairing lifts the muddy plot up to an attention-getting level; it may be an old-hat story, but “Scam,” originally made as a ’92 theatrical feature, tosses in some diverting twists.
Under the tutelage of greedy Miguel Ferrer, Bracco has been working on businessmen at Miami hotels. Walken spots her and, wanting a partner, gets her to drop Ferrer for more money. Walken’s plan involves bookkeeper Martin Donovan, who works for gang honcho Daniel von Bargen.
Naturally there are troubles, beaucoup murky action, and some mystery about Walken. Director John Flynn keeps the ball bouncing, and Bracco, both as a brunette and a blonde, remains the center of attraction. A couple of von Bargen’s hoods chase the principals — they put another character away in an appalling fashion — and generally cause problems.
Main puzzler, and it’s a good one, is Walken’s character, who remains an enigma.
Writer Craig Smith builds a romantic liaison between Walken and Bracco, but apparent betrayals and deceptive tactics between the combo create their own tension.
Bracco and Walken are fine, and Ferrer does a nifty turn as Bracco’s self-improving mentor.
Von Bargen presents a sure-fisted villain, and songwriter Maxi Priest, whose tunes pop up throughout the telepic, appears as a hyper cabdriver.
Production designer Marek Dobrowolski supplies plenty of atmosphere; tech credits are good.