Rounders (1998)

7.6

Movie

United States of America
English, Hebrew, Russian
Crime, Drama
1998
JOHN DAHL
Adam LeFevre, Alan Davidson, Allan Havey
121 min

What it's about

A young reformed gambler must return to playing big stakes poker to help a friend pay off loan sharks.

The take

In Rounders, Matt Damon plays a law student and reformed poker player who is forced back into the game in order to help his newly-paroled best friend (Edward Norton) pay off overwhelming gambling debts. It’s an enjoyable insider’s look into the world of high stakes gambling and of Poker specifically, giving the viewer compelling insights into Poker in terms of strategy as well as human psychology. Damon and Norton are well-cast in their roles — Norton particularly great as the sleazy and manipulative “Worm”. Not-overly-surprising in its storytelling, yet highly enjoyable from beginning to end, this one will appeal to fans of gambling and sports films, as well as those who enjoy modern film noir and pseudo-noir films with a nice dramatic edge.

Comments

One of Damon’s best efforts because he works off his fellow actors so well. Malkovich excels … again.

Great Movie All Around, The Actors, The Script, Plot, we need more movies like this !

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