"Life's a losing proposition, right? You might as well get it over with." You can feel this script's momentum choking on itself at every hand - fragmenting every opportunity for an investment in its character's wants. Each scene folds into an indication, as if by design, and yet it is an interesting movie. The cinematography is good at points and the character types (no matter how shallow) create the plot - brave.
Remake of 1974 Karel Reisz version with James Caan. I was expecting a B-movie. But totally wrong approach. Mark Wahlberg is not my favourite, but what he is performing here, is brilliant. Great camera. Good cut. Very suitable soundtrack. After 40 years there is a "renovation" which brings the story across "faster" & "updated". If you want to see a Ford Mustang Cabrio: go for Caan or a BMW M135i: go for Wahlberg.
The struggle is real. Extolling the virtues of nothingness, Mark Wahlberg is surprisingly good as a lit professor and suicidal gambler. It's the best performance of his career (which may not seem like much). Then there's Wyatt's effortless direction, Fraser's impressionistic cinematography and Monahan's sharp script—all elevating THE GAMBLER to minor gem status. It's the kind of problematic film you'd love to defend.