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The Gambler

  • Thriller
  • Drama
  • 2014
  • Rupert Wyatt
  • 110 mins
  • 15

Summary

Crime thriller starring Mark Wahlberg. Risk-addicted literature professor Jim Bennett has racked up a huge gambling debt, and is given just seven days to repay it, or be killed. Borrowing money from one loan shark to repay another only exacerbates the problem, while his relationship with a student could end his career for good...

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Mark Wahlberg is a man bent on self-destruction in director Rupert Wyatt's take on Karel Reisz's 1974 drama. Wahlberg makes a fine substitute for James Caan - wiry and blue-lipped, he's a maverick literature professor deep in crisis, splurging stacks of cash on high-stakes games, berating his students, fearlessly fraternising with underworld bosses (including a menacing John Goodman) and racing to pay off his debts. The film's self-consciously stylish visuals are sometimes out of kilter with the narrative focus on existential angst. However, the casting is perfection, even if a powerfully husky Jessica Lange and a sensitive Brie Larson are underutilised. This occasionally crass reimagining suffers in comparison to the oblique original, especially when it casts cynicism aside in favour of the possibility of redemption. Yet what it lacks in subtlety it makes up for in macho philosophising, with the script by William Monahan (The Departed) providing plenty to chew on. Swaggering and dialogue-heavy, The Gambler certainly talks the talk, but ultimately it lacks the courage of its convictions.

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Credits

Cast

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Jim BennettMark Wahlberg
Amy PhillipsBrie Larson
FrankJohn Goodman
RobertaJessica Lange
NevilleMichael Kenneth Williams
Mister LeeAlvin Ing
Lamar AllenAnthony Kelley
DexterEmory Cohen
EdGeorge Kennedy

Crew

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DirectorRupert Wyatt

Details

Theatrical distributor
Paramount
Released on
2015-01-23
Languages
English
Guidance
Swearing, nudity
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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