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Uncut Gems (2019)Uncut Gems (2019)

Uncut Gems (2019)

On-brand anxiety-inducing thrills from the Safdie Brothers

Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.9

movie

South Africa, United States of America

English

Action-packed, Dark, Weird

2019

Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie

Abel Tesfaye, Adam Sandler, Alexander Gilkes

136 min

Synopsis

A charismatic New York City jeweler always on the lookout for the next big score makes a series of high-stakes bets that could lead to the windfall of a lifetime. Howard must perform a precarious high-wire act, balancing business, family, and encroaching adversaries on all sides in his relentless pursuit of the ultimate win.

Our Take

7.9
Bilal Zouheir

A crazy, anxiety-inducing thriller that turns Adam Sandler into a thrill-generating machine, which in its own speaks volumes about the rhythm of this movie. It follows a jeweler who gets himself in trouble with what feels like all of New York – a gang, Kevin Garnett (the NBA player), other jewelers, his family, odd twins that appear out of nowhere – everyone. This all happens in the backdrop of him feeling he has “hit big” and is on the verge of receiving a lot of money.

If you watched Good Time, you know what to expect from directors Safdie brothers: excruciating tension that keeps building up when you thought it wasn’t possible. And that might be the only problem with Uncut Gems; the tension doesn’t feel that different from Good Time, and having watched one you can guess where the other one is going.

Comments

M
Mr Wonderful

What a piece of crap and a waste of 2 hours of your life. Adam Sandler and his annoying New York accent is tacky and annoying.

G
Gatsby

Uncut Gems is a pretty good indie film that subverts expectations, but “weird’? If I’d checked it out expecting a weird film, I’d be bitterly disappointed.

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