Year Released: 2012
Main Stars: Brad Pitt, James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta, Richard Jenkins, Scoot McNairy
Last watched: December 2014
Review Date: December 2014
Number Watches: 1
Format Watched: DVD
The concept is a low-level look at the politics of real-life gambling and crime. The cast do their best to portray each crim as a real person with real-life stress and issues over and above the nasty business they are in. Some hand-held moments make the you-are-really-there feeling a bit closer to the bone and in many ways the matter-of-fact, this-is-just-a-business moments are good fun, maybe even though provoking. Violence intersperses the plot but to be fair, it’s really part of the story and none of it seems out of place or gratuitous.
Brad is nice here. He and Richard are very good actors and it shows as both are believable and neither over does the comic element. James is a little wasted and doesn’t need to be there while Ray is the sad figure his character needs to be. Scoot is the most prominent of the rest of the cast. He’s a good foil for the plot line to play with and holds his own against the others. All-in-all there are no moment where I thought the acting was the problem although perhaps having lesser known people would have made for more give and take.
The problem was that this was a movie that seems to have come from a script based on someone else’s movie. It’s a bit like one of those scripts that didn’t quite make it when there was a run on real-life gangster movies. Not badly made, just didn’t have any point to it.
It’s a filler, not a something to look out for.
DVD Extras: Interviews that were very self absorbed and stilted giving you more the plot and some schpeel about how the characters really felt.
Watch if on TV?
Snog, Marry, Avoid?