Croupier

Croupier is a dark British movie which is sinister and shadowy with a definite cinematographic style. Set in the 1970s, Croupier focuses on a struggling writer called Jack ( played by Clive Owen ) who works at a Casino, as a croupier. This places him between the bosses and the bettors, and it’s the movie that launched Clive Owen’s career.

Owen depicts a cold, controlled man who does not gamble. Moreover, He does not gamble at casino games of chance, but in his personal life, he places high-risk bets. By the end of the movie, he is juggling relationships with three women and scheming to defraud the casino.

About Croupier

Jack portrays a man damaged by his father a gambler and a womanizer who drank profusely and ran roughshod over his son’s early years. His father, who is in South Africa lines him up the job at a London casino where he becomes a skilled card manipulator. Clearly, he was taught by his father the key figure in his life.

Croupier knows its way around casinos, and the audience observes how the dealers with their odd hours and surreal lives tend to prefer dating one another than what they call outsiders. Jack watches as gamblers line up trying their luck and what’s interesting is how the movie captures the dealer’s complete indifference to the clients. It’s the attitude of win or lose; it’s only as long as their shift.

Wrapping it Up

Croupier is a movie with a twist and its more than one bargains for. It never hints at the details which lead to an unexpected ending. The plot, however, is not the real message. It’s more about an individual who can control and figure the odds of his life out and turn it into a novel, like any gambler trying to beat the odds.

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The Gambler

The Gambler

The gambler is a 2014 crime drama about a literature professor who is addicted to gambling. It goes through how his high rolling bets land him in trouble and pits him against his worst enemies.

The film is the story of the impasse of a gambling addict. It leaves viewers with valuable lessons and many thought-provoking reflections as it highlights the destructive nature of not knowing when to quit.

More about the Gambler

Jim Bennet (Mark Wahlberg) is a professor of literature who comes from a family that is well off with a stable family life. However, this does not seem to be enough for Jim, and his life takes a turn for the worst as his gambling addiction takes over his whole life.

The more Jim plays, the more he loses, and he finally has to borrow money from loan shark bosses to feed his addiction and to gamble on the red game. His debts keep growing, and it reaches a stage where no one is willing to lend him money, and he has to repay his $260 000 debt within seven days. Unable to do this, the loan sharks go to his mother who gives Jim the money to pay off his debt. Of course, he does not do that, though. His gambling blood takes him to a casino where he loses it all in one night.

With a considerable dilemma on his hands and the repayment date near, Jim plans to flee. However, he is hunted, arrested and beaten by the loan shark. Jim has to repay the debt, and with no way out, he decides to take a risk playing a gamble which pays off.

Conclusion

The film The Gambler details the self-destructive nature of gambling and how reckless players become, hoping for that big win that never.

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