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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Mississippi Grind

Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn star in this gambling movie. It’s about a gambling addict that is convinced his newfound friend, Reynolds is a good luck charm and takes him with him on a road trip to a high stakes poker game in New Orleans.

It’s no ordinary road trip as the movie deals with human frailties, desires and behaviours and how they react and adjust in a vivid world.

Keeping the Cards Close

The story drifts southwards from Iowa to New Orleans and embraces the loneliness, debts, regrets, and lousy poker hands of these two unlikely friends who want to believe they are winners. Curtis (Ryan Reynolds) is described by Gerry (Ben Mendelsohn) as a “handsome leprechaun”, and initially it would seem he has a likely shot at being a winner. Gerry, on the other hand, is a broke divorced real estate agent who owes money to a loan shark and many other people too. Furthermore, like most gamblers, he believes he’s one lucky break away from turning it all around.

Curtis, a hedonistic gambling drifter, has decent judgement. He knows when to stop gambling and drinking. He has a real affection for Gerry and all he wants is for him to be happy. Gerry, however, is bad news, as he is destructive, passively aggressive, manipulative and unable to control his impulses. It’s the combination of opposites on a quest to fix the unfixable using gambling as the remedy.

Conclusion

Mississippi Grind is about a man who not only gambles with his money but with what’s left of his already ruined life. Moreover, risking everything he has for the sake of a long-shot fantasy that never comes and redeems him in the eyes of those who have written him off. It’s a tale of many gamblers who keep hoping for that big win that never comes.