Today I took a gamble on Mark Wahlberg’s “The Gambler”. The Gambler tells the story of Jim Bennett, a degenerate associate professor of literature with a dangerous and seriously self-destructive addiction to gambling at underground casinos in the underbelly of Los Angeles. His addiction soon begins to affect his professional and personal life to severe and deadly consequences.
To be honest, I like Walhberg as an actor, and I think he’s a good actor. This role was a different step for him. I never thought I would see the day when Mark Walberg appeared in a mediocre movie. Yet, the script was so poorly written, it was as if it was written by a college student, and the director added a terrible soundtrack. On top of that the movie was actually boring. with gratuitous use of the F-word, and the ending just simply doesn’t fit and feels more like a studio ending rather than something that would be true to the film.
The only redemption was the superb acting by Walberg and Goodman, but they didn’t come anywhere close to saving this movie. Certain scenes could have been more intense, while others could have been left out. Just like the gambling theme of the movie, seeing the movie will be a gamble. Wait for the DVD.