Academy Award winner Matt Damon and Edward Norton star in this story of passion, risk, and the extreme price of friendship! After losing a high-stakes card game, Mike (Damon) gives up gambling for law school and a fresh start with his girlfriend (Gretchen Mol). But then his best buddy (Norton) gets out of prison and in over his head with a ruthless card shark (John Malkovich). From there, Mike’s strong sense of loyalty – and the lure of the game – draw him back to the tables in a game he cannot afford to lose!
Assured director of modern film noirs who has injected new life into the genre with a series of tough, economical, and atmospheric tales. Dahl tells unsentimental stories of hopelessly stupid men who take the fall for beautiful dames. Whereas most movies of this ilk are set against the backdrop of urban L.A. or NYC, this Montana native finds the darkness in the heart of middle America, in claustrophobic towns surrounded by great open spaces. In an era of imitations, both cheap and lavish, he offers the real deal.
Dahl entered the industry as a storyboard artist on “A” films (“Something Wild” 1986; “Married to the Mob” 1988) and an assistant director on “B” genre fare (“The Dungeonmaster” 1983). He made his first feature as a student at Montana State University—“The Death Mutants” (1980), a horror/sci-fi send-up. Dahl moved to L.A. where he attended the American Film Institute as a directing fellow. After making some well-received shorts, including “The Ugliest Family in the World… read more
The acting is fantastic - not out of the park, but believable and worth seeing, Damon, Norton, Landau, Turturro, and Malkovich especially (and the showdown between the two Ripleys, pardon the reference, is nicely carried out but I felt that Malkovich's Oreo obsession at the beginning was obviously a manner of telling, but oh well). However, Norton disappeared and the ending was a little too light.
this movie is from the bizarro world. in the "rounders" universe, homoerotic hi-jinks with an ex-con are preferable to overcoming addictions, kindly law school professors talk you out of higher education and reward academic incompetence with ten thousand dollar loans, ed norton dresses just like brad pitt's character from "fight club" instead of his own and famke janssen can't score with a guy with a 90's butt-cutt.