Mike is a gambler who is trying to kick the habit when his best friend Worm gets into trouble with a loan shark. To help Worm pay off his debt, Mike must jump back into gambling and deal with the same unsavory characters who want their money.
Matt Damon (Mike), Edward Norton (Worm), Gretchen Mol (Jo), John Malkovich (KGB), John Turturro (Joey Knish), Martin Landau (Abe), Famke Janssen (Petra), Michael Rispoli (Grama).
Rounders begins nicely with some character introduction, development, and background before making a smooth transition to the main plot. Although the film sounds like it is about poker, it is much more about the psychology of gambling with some good drama and action thrown in to keep it interesting. Finally the film finishes with a big one-on-one poker match that rolls gambling and psychology together quite nicely.
Acting was well done here with a young Damon presenting very well. Norton also did quite nicely with good emotion throughout. Malkovich was very good as always and really completed the main cast. Turturro, Landau, Janssen, and Rispoli all did well and their experience showed.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were all solid with a nice, realistic feel. Physical action was good with nice detail and again, a realistic feel. Dialogue was enjoyable, including narrative along the way by Damon. Sound and soundtrack were both good.
Rounders is quite simply and enjoyable crime drama that makes use of its two hour run time with a solid paced story that doesn’t get in a big rush. Acting and technical work are both good, as is the plot. Damon, Norton, Malkovich, or crime drama fans should enjoy this one.
With foul language, mild sexuality, and some drug use this one should be fine for older teens and above.
Star rating: 4 out of 5
Genre: Dramas, Crime Dramas, Gangster Movies
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