A compulsive gambler attempts to cure his addiction by moving from Las Vegas to Albuquerque and working at an auto insurance company, only to find old temptations cropping up once again when he’s sent out to investigate a dubious car accident just outside of Sin City.
After a string of bad luck at the tables, John (Steve Buscemi) decides to give up gambling and take a shot at a “normal” life. Arriving in Albuquerque and landing a job at an auto insurance company, John goes to work for Mr. Townsend (Peter Dinklage), who pairs him with the company’s top fraud debunker, Virgil (Romany Malco), and sends them out on an investigation together. While John is eager to get a promotion, he’s reluctant to go anywhere near Las Vegas, and before he leaves he strikes up a tenuous romance with his eccentric co-worker, Jill (Sarah Silverman). —Wikipedia
I don't quite understand the panning of this film. Sure, it's slow and sure it's a little oddball but it's an indie film - isn't that par for the course? The cast is excellent (Buscemi! Silverman! Malco! Trejo! An unsettlingly nude Tim Blake Nelson!) and the settings are interesting. An overall good flick and a strong start for a new director.
A decent dark comedy is buoyed by its top-notch cast, particularly Steve Buscemi providing his unique spin on the leading man. Nothing all that special, but satisfyingly entertaining.