567. The Gambler

567-the-gamblerBackground info

Title: The Gambler
Director: Rupert Wyatt
Year: 2014
Run time: 1hr 51m

“Jim Bennett – English professor by day, high-stakes gambler by night – bets it all when he borrows from a gangster and offers his own life as collateral. Bennett enters an illicit, underground world and takes the ultimate risk for a second chance.”

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0:26 – Love it when they tweak the idents to fit the film. Gambler.
3:28 – Can’t imagine how distracting it is to try and watch a device on the passenger seat, whilst driving. Especially sports that demand attention occasionally!
7:11 – It’s super useful the guy is saying “Player wins.” because I don’t understand most of the gambling.
12:18 – 240,000! Eeek.
16:30 – I guess it would have been a short film if he’d just managed to win all the money and pay everyone back. Job done, bye!
19:06 – “Rage of an unequal distribution of talent.”
24:38 – I was veering towards thinking this was an awesome class, but now it’s the worst.
28:46 – “I don’t want to know the nature of your problem, I just want you to not have it anymore.”
32:01 – John Goodman is so brilliant.
42:22 – If you’re putting it on silent, gotta remember to turn off vibration as well!
47:51 – That’s a heck of a slap mid-cereal.
54:06 – “There’s no relative degree of suffering.”
56:15 – “Are you a dealer or an investment counseller?”
58>22 – Gambling timelapse.
1:02:22 – Bamboozled the loan shark.
1:08:21 – Love the haggling, can’t help himself
1:18:18 – I Can’t Handle My Drink by Mr Crybaby.
1:33:23 – Can’t believe I didn’t see that coming.
1:42:28 – Genuinely couldn’t breathe while the wheel was spinning. Gambling is awful!
1:44:54 – I hope they only had to shoot this running scene once, jeez.

Conclusions

 

I was surprised with how much I enjoyed this one, although it had bonus John Goodman in it, so it was bound to be a hit. Marky Mark was great, I can’t say I related to his gambling side, given that I wouldn’t bet more than a tenner on anything, and his teacher side was downright terrifying. Somehow I still liked him though and wanted him to succeed.

It was a good story, and I liked the arty style – strong music, great cinematography, and some really nice lighting to show how the seedier night life was drifting into his day. I thought the ending was great too, a good pay off that was a happy ending without him drifting off into the sunset as a rich man.

Rating: 4/5.

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