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October 10, 2005

Two for the Money

The second movie of the weekend. I knew going into this it wasn't going to be good, and I was right. 0-2 and still no Wallace and Gromit.

First off from the trailers they make it out to be a movie about gambling where there appears to be the typical arc where everything starts off fine, gets better, becomes unbelievable good and then everything spirals out of control and then possibly redemption or a lesson learned. This arc for the most part happens except it isn't about gambling but about a guy who picks football games. You'd think he'd fall into the gambling trap but instead falls into the traps of success and gets lazy and starts making bad picks. You'd think there would be reprocutions to making bad picks but utimately there isn't and he just walks away from it. It's a pretty big let down.

Anyone going in expecting this to be a great gambling movie will be really disappointed. The story just takes way too long to progress and ultimately has no pay off. Pachino is great at chewing up the scenery but in some scenes is just riduculous.

If you want to watch a real movie about gambling I suggest you check out Owning Mahowny with Philip Seymour Hoffman. Far and away the greatest gambling movie I've ever seen.

Posted by hypnobee at October 10, 2005 4:21 PM