I honestly did not know this was a remake of an old James Caan movie until reading some reviews after watching the movie. Therefore, I am very excited to see the original and see why it warranted a remake. The Gamble is not a good movie and Mark Whalberg deserves better. If I was in the business of writing one sentence reviews, it would sound something like that.
The Gambler was almost a good movie about five different times, but then it went in some weird direction with sub-par acting and even worse writing. Not even the unique cinematography could save the movie. There were times that Marky Mark almost took us places too, but the whole concept of the movie was lost between an intense character study of a gambling addict and an over dramatized Hollywood movie. Marky Mark is supposed to be likeable, but instead he is as uninteresting as the amount of botox in his character’s mother’s face.
The plot is all over the place – ranging from trying to state some really philosophical monologues about successful people in a college classroom setting, to have three different gangsters after Marky Mark’s head. I am at a loss to the whereabouts of a lot of the scenes, because the writers seemed to not know where they wanted different interactions to take place, so the director was like WTF?
Yeah, it was fun watching him get his ass kicked at gambling due to his greed, but the problem is he came out on top in the end. I am sorry, but everyone lies about how much they have won at a casino, the only winners are those people that never step in one (well and John Goodman in the case of this movie).
By: Jonny Havey | Director & Producer