USA / English
"You've got to play the hand you're dealt. "A young man (Damon) is a reformed gambler who must return to playing big stakes poker to help a friend pay off loan sharks.
I have no idea if this movie is at all realistic (certainly so many people
inhabiting this strata of the poker world can be so good looking), but at
least it has the ring of verisimilitude. Not only does it show us the
workings of a somewhat exotic (to me, anyway) part of the world, but it
manages to do this stylishly while treating us to an interesting character
study and a clever plot.
The story is about a young "rounder" who is trying to go straight by going
to law school (although our first glimpse of him shows him losing all his
money in a high-stakes poker game with a Russian gangster). He quits
gambling for a while until a old friend (played by Norton) returns to his
life and lands him in deep trouble. What I especially like about the movie
is that is starts off as if this plot line is the main subject, when in fact
the movie is about this person learning important things about himself. And
there is a lot of information about poker...
Damon is especially impressive among a uniformly good cast.
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