The Gambler – Movie Review

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Movie – The Gambler

Directed by – Rupert Wyatt

Language – American English

Country – U.S.A

Genre – Crime, Drama,Thriller

Releasing Year – 2014

 

The Gambler Movie Review & Storyline –

 

Based on the 1974 flick of the same name, The Gambler is a story of a man who despite having everything has made a mess of his life.

Mark Wahlberg plays Jim Bennett, an Associate Professor of Literature and a gambling addict who is unable to leave this habit. Apparently, he comes from an affluent background and is the grandson of the 17th richest man of California. But, the problem with Jim is that he only sees life in two ways, either complete or incomplete.

Now coming to the plot, Jim has a large debt to pay to Lee (the casino owner). His trouble doubles up when he takes $50,000 from a loan shark (Baraka) and loses that money too in gambling. Lee gives him 7 days to return the money or face “consequences”. Jim tries to take help from his mother, Jessica Lange who refuses to help him saying that he already has brought so much bad name to the family.

But, later when threatened by the loan sharks she agrees to give Jim the required amount. He takes this money and goes to a casino in Las Vegas with his student Amy (Brie Larson) with whom he has developed a connection after saying to her that she is genius and needs to sit on the first bench in the classroom. Jim is not the types to go on the internet and search you can play online blackjack right now. He instead plays in the casino leaving Amy alone only for her to find out that he has lost the whole money there.

Mark Wahlberg & Brie Larson In The Gambler
Mark Wahlberg & Brie Larson In The Gambler

Now he has no choice but to manage his debt on his own and here the interesting part of the movie takes place. Baraka abducts Jim and beats him for his money to which Jim replies that he can’t give him any money. As a bargain Baraka asks him to convince his student Lamar (who wants to go to NBA but can’t) to win a college basketball game by a margin of 7 or less. Jim somehow manages to convince Lamar.

On the other hand, Jim also convinces another Loan Shark Frank (John Goodman) to give him $260,000 to pay his to Lee. Now he does a master stroke by putting a bet on the match from a casino in Las Vegas through another of his student named Dexter. After the match he gives Baraka’s money to him and calls Frank and Lee to come to a neutral underground club to take their money. Here, Jim for the last time in the money plays another gamble only to find himself at the winning side this time. He gives away all the money to Frank and Lee. He even declines to take the excess amount with him.

In the last scene Jim is seeing running alone and reaching the Amy’s place. This symbolically represents that he is ready for a settled life with love and has left his gambling habit forever.

My Verdict on The Gambler –

The film has some complex dialogues, good acting and straight forward screenplay. Many critics have rued this movie and are unimpressed by Mark Wahlberg’s acting. In my view the movie deserves 7 out of 10 from me. Although it is not a great movie to watch but, is still a good one time stuff, if you are a Mark Wahlberg fan. To me he has done full justice to his role and looked great in the role of a gambling addict.

 

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Angry Indian Goddesses Review

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Movie – Angry Indian Goddesses

Directed by – Pan Nalin

Language – Hindi

Country – India (Bollywood)

Genre – Comedy, Drama,

Releasing Year – 2015

Angry Indian Goddesses Movie Review:

Angry Indian Goddesses is an interesting name and the film had a great start when all the characters are introduced one by one. I was looking forward to a great watch but it didn’t live up to the expectations set by the first 10 minutes.

It is basically a bunch of women getting together for bachelorette party of a friend. They are all very different characters, each with their own struggles and failures. The common thread tying all these characters together is that they are all facing misogyny and being modern, educated women they refuse to accept it.

Angry Indian Goddesses Storyline:

The film starts with fun times and some laughs when the girls bond with each other. Their effortless camaraderie draws you in, and the Goan backdrop helps you feeling as carefree as the characters. Slowly, the story progresses to delve deeper into the characters, baring their individual insecurities and finally ends at a violent, sad event which is in line with the title.

The concept is good, the cast was well chosen, the characters had adequate depth and the story was pretty decent too. It was a treat to watch Sandhya Mridul after a long time. The maid Lakshmi and actress Joanna (Amrit Maghera) were very cute, the singer and trophy wife from Delhi were both charming and realistic. With so much going for it, the film had huge potential but somehow it didn’t create the impact it could have. The direction by Pan Nalin was not good, the camera moved too much and too randomly, the dubbing was poor too. I had to strain to listen to some dialogues, there was some background noise or poor voice quality. These two things mainly made it an exhausting experience to watch and follow the film.

Verdict On The Movie:

The film touches too many social issues but doesn’t have enough length to deal with all of it. There are a few gaps as well. The performances are fairly good and the lesbian relationship is shown tastefully. The event at the end is disturbing but too close to reality. However, the last scene is supposed to give goosebumps but it’s so cliched that it doesn’t even give you an emotional high. When Anoushka enters the church with musicians playing their instruments it’s more ridiculous than anything. What happens next is exactly what one knew would happen so no surprise there!

With a crisper direction it could have been a big slap on patriarchy and in the same league as PINK. Nonetheless, watch it for the mild entertainment and beautiful depiction of female bonding.

 

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Reviewed By – Aparna Kunal Jain

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