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Plot: Lit professor and gambler Jim Bennett's debt causes him to borrow money from his mother and a loan shark. Further complicating his situation is his relationship with one of his students. Will Bennett risk his life for a second chance? Runtime: 111 mins Release Date: 25 Dec 2014
The Gambler was a difficult film to rate. It was a movie that not everyone is going to like because not everyone is going to relate to Mark Wahlberg's character. It was a hard movie to understand. After seeing this movie you will either love it or hate it. There is really no in between. You really had to connect with the main character and his personality, and that's not possible for everyone. I really enjoyed the film because i really connected with it, but that is not going to be the case for everyone. I would highly recommend seeing it just to take the chance of loving it. Just <more>
like the gambling theme of the movie, seeing the movie will be a gamble for you.
Life is a high stakes game. This is how to play it. (by hankyank)
Yesterday evening watched this movie and loved it, couldn't take my eyes off. This is not a gambling movie, this is a movie on pain. Existential pain. The character, Jim, played amazingly by Mark Wahlberg is the essence of it.Grown up in a rich family. Intelligent. Always been told he's the smartest & talented person in the room. But deep inside he feels mediocrity. Be is bored to the hilt. He doesn't f***ing care about cars, money, his looks and even women anymore. This is a movie about feeling alive, taking risks in life, because without a risk you're a mediocre bum, you <more>
are essentially dead. And this is exactly how Jim is feeling. Everything he does is to escape that, his flamboyant teaching, his gambling, his f*** you mentality.Deep inside he feels he has to put it all on the line, everything, his family, all his money, his life even. Doing this is the only thing that can essentially set him free.He's s stubborn and cocky f*** knowing that his only release is giving everything up, be humiliated, be on the ground and that's the basis of becoming a new and free man.Coming down to the existential reason for self destruction, first we need to burn everything down, before me can build a new city on top of it.This is his escape from his addiction, his ego & his depression. Life is a high stakes game.Perfectly done in a grim & tense setting. Loved it, very inspiring. Thanks for making this movie!
Wahlberg, Goodman, and Williams are solid and believable in their roles. Not a bad movie (by RogerCampbell)
The Gambler is a poignant tale of a man who is in the grips of one of life's worst addictions. The Gambler is moving in several ways in that you find yourself feeling for the man's family and friends because they are dragged into his dark world as he struggles with a demon that has cost him everything. At the same time you are not only hoping that he will do the right thing and get out as he is given opportunities to do, but you are also fearing for the mans personal safety because he squanders opportunities to pay off an ever mounting debt to men that will stop at nothing to collect. <more>
Wahlberg plays the part of the gambler perfectly as do John Goodman and Michael Kenneth Williams as a couple of lone sharks who allow him to get deeper and deeper into the abyss of his addiction. The ending is comforting in knowing that he finally breaks free and will now be able to pursue a normal life with a new love that he has found. Unfortunately, counting on that one last big bet to get yourself out is seldom how it works in real life. The end is dramatic yes, but realistic no. The Gambler is a movie that is well worth watching, but it may hit home for many families who have a loved one who struggles with this terrible addiction.
This movie is about a man who has given up hope on achieving his dreams and is trying to make his pain stop by engaging in self destructive behavior... his weapon of choice is gambling but he is not a gambler. He says so multiple times. I have read the many negative reviews of this movie and I think people are really just missing the point. He wants a real love and something real to do every day and if he achieve anything beyond mediocrity then he would rather be dead. People who can relate with that sentiment will love this movie but perhaps no one else. If you enjoy a movie that makes you <more>
think a little and go beyond what's on the surface. The movie is not about gambling... it is about finding inspiration and hope.
Im going to make it short and sweet. Don't listen to the people who gave it negative reviews not even the "experts" there all wrong. This is an excellent film that has more to it that meets the eye. The foreshadowing and the characters were great. Im still thinking about the story told in this film its that good. Mark put on one of best performances ever and with a great supporting cast I believe the movie deserves a Oscar nod. The music was nothing short of perfect and I'm a firm believer that music in a movie is the most important thing, so I don't say that very often, <more>
The music coincides with the footage wonderfully and it takes you along for the ride. There's so much symbolism in the movie a lot of people won't get and thats the beauty of it. The only thing I can say bad about it is the development and establishment of the characters. For simple minded people they are not going to understand who the characters are but I totally understand. Overall this was a quality flick I recommend for all people not children to see, enjoy , and look up and learn the symbolism in certain scenes.
Very good, but requires connection with main character (by damos-39883)
I found this movie to be very gripping, but like others have said it requires some connection with the main character. For me it was there and I thoroughly enjoyed it as did my wife who insisted we watch it again a week later . I really enjoyed the brief table dialogues, one of my favorite succinct quotes being something along the lines of:Walhberg: Pushes a 10k stack onto the blackjack table Dealer: That is $10,000 dollars, are you sure... Walhberg: Are you a financial adviser or a dealer?Walhbergs character is pretty unique, and borders on unbelievable, but it very consistent and <more>
I found this movie to be a delightful surprise. I hadn't heard much about this movie so I went in expecting it to be a sort of run-of-the- mill movie about gambling. This movie is really not about gambling, or at least not in the sense that you would think. This is definitely a movie I feel is one people will leave theaters with different opinions.Mark Wahlberg gives a great performance, maybe even the best he's ever given. I think he gave a lot to the role and created a character that should be disliked, and probably would be if played by other actors.Jessica Lange, John Goodman, <more>
Michael Kenneth Williams, Brie Larson, Anthony Kelley, and George Kennedy all give good performances as well, no matter how big or small of a part they had they gave their characters life.The direction was good and the script had some really great dialogue, but something was missing that I really could not give it five stars. Certain scenes could have been more tense, while others I feel could have been left out. Highly recommend to anybody who enjoys a good character study.
Beautifully shot and full of clever, witty dialogue. (by Hellmant)
'THE GAMBLER': Four Stars Out of Five Remake to the 1974 high-stakes crime drama flick, of the same name, starring James Caan. This film stars Mark Wahlberg as a lit professor with a secret, obsessive, gambling addiction. It was written by William Monahan, who also co-wrote 'THE DEPARTED', and directed by Rupert Wyatt, who also helmed 'RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES' which is funny given the fact that Wahlberg also starred in Tim Burton's 2001 'PLANET OF THE APES' remake . The movie costars Brie Larson, John Goodman, Michael K. Williams and Jessica <more>
Lange. None of the characters are very likable especially it's lead but the film is beautifully shot and full of clever, witty dialogue.Wahlberg plays Jim Bennett; a literature professor with a second hidden life as a high-stakes gambler. He's recently gotten himself into some serious trouble with local gangsters, due to his gambling addiction and excessive accrued debt. While trying to pay back the dangerous criminals, he also tries out an intriguing relationship with one of his students Larson . No matter how much danger he keeps putting himself into, and loved ones, he still can never stop gambling.The film is a lot like a serious drama flick about a self destructive alcoholic, or anyone with a dangerous addiction. It's extremely depressing, and frustrating, in how Wahlberg's Bennett character can't stop gambling; no matter how much damage it does to him or anyone close to him. For that reason I could never truly like Bennett but I did continue to root for him of course . Although most of the characters in the movie are all pretty morally depraved, it is still a fast paced and impressively suspenseful film. Wahlberg is great in it, Larson is beautiful and stunning to watch, the dialogue is always fun, and interesting, and the visuals are consistently beautiful to look at as well . It's almost always entertaining but definitely not a feel- good movie.Watch our movie review show 'MOVIE TALK' at: http://youtu.be/zsvb7ypwxL4
Life is full of risks and rewards, but these are often part of life's cycles. But for Jim Bennett Mark Wahlberg it becomes a way of life as he enters the world of high risk gambling. All is well until he gets a bit over his head and reaches out for some financial loan shark help and even leans on his mother as he pushes his luck. This movie takes you to the seeder side of gambling and the balance between being on a winning streak and knowing when to walk away. Because no matter how lucky you think you might be, it is sure to end. Another dynamic is Bennett's love interest, who is <more>
also a student. For me the best part of the movie is the lesson from Frank John Goodman . Frank is a loan shark but serves as a mentor of sort for this young hot shot. He reiterates that you always save your reserve because you want to come from a "F-U" position than simply holding on. This high stakes fast moving film is full of mischievous hijinks. Fun movie. Wilson Trivino