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Bob N. from CORINNE, UT
Reviewed on 8/15/2015...
At the center of the film is Mark Wahlbergís character, who is the ĎHoudinií (as one calls him) of gambling. He pulls things out of thin air and manages to win just about every time. But, the catch is, he doesnít know when to stop. Hence the title. Itís a manís struggle with debt, loved-ones, and his own reason for living. By day heís a philosophizing English professor and by night a ferocious gambler. All of this is a distraction to him. To what, is fair-game to the audience.
Itís slick filmmaking above all, but itís even more than that, with an assured style that usually comes with an experienced director. However, Iím thinking itís more to the writerís credit in this case (who also brilliantly wrote ďThe DepartedĒ). The most entertaining moments consist of the back-and-forth between Wahlberg and John Goodmanís character, who plays one of the many gangsters our protagonistís involved with. What surprised me - and pleased me - about the whole experience was its hesitance to include an abundance of action. It could have easily been that kind-of mindless, chase scene-driven film that Iíve slowly grown to hate. But, itís more of a slow-burn. It doesnít reveal everything all at once and leaves a certain air of mystery for the audience to ponder over. Personally, I found it to be a breath of fresh air in the realm of studio movies being released today.
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