The Gambler (2014) Rated R

A gambler and professor, Jim Bennett, has debts that cause him to borrow from his mother and a loan shark. To make matters worse, he has a relationship with one of his students. Based on a short novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky. Starring Mark Wahlberg, George Kennedy, and Griffin Cleveland.

The film is a remake of the 1974 version. This remake is depressing and has little going for it. Mark Wahlberg is a good actor, and he plays a multilayered character in the gambler/professor. However, since his character is rather careless and irresponsible, we couldn’t care less about his character or the dangers that come his way because of his choices. The film is supposed to draw you into the underground world of gambling and the complexity of being put between a rock and a hard place. While the story is clear, the plot points are mixed. The script could’ve been better written. Ultimately, it’s hard to be pulled into the story and care about the characters, which makes the film not worth a watch.

 

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