Friday, December 26, 2014
Does The Gambler achieve Oscar glory, or it does it make the 2014 'great acting/poor scripts' trash pile?
Review by Matt CummingsUnfortunately, The Gambler's stellar performances are lost on a script that doesn't seem to know how the real world works. For trust funder Jim Bennett (Mark Wahlberg), life is a pretty dull affair. A well-reviewed writer who gained all of $7,000 for his work, the only excitement Jim can find is through illegal gambling, and playing with big sums of money. He's soon up beyond his ears in debt, and his bankroller Mr. Lee refuses to play along. It's here that Jim enlists a collection of ruthless loan sharks including the gangster Neville (Michael Kenneth Williams) and the scary bald guy Frank (a mostly unclothed John Goodman). But it's the love from one of Jim's students (Brie Larson) who represents the last chance he has to bring himself back from the brink of a perceived failed life, while another promises to be a dangerous elixir that can solve all of his debts. Facebook. On Twitter, follow us at @SandwichJohnFilms, and follow author Matt Cummings at @mfc90125.