|Posted by john Donnelly on January 14, 2015 at 7:00 PM|
The Gambler (2014 film) was fantastic, great cast, great story, ups and downs, twists and turns, keeps you watching, a must watch movie
The Gambler is a 2014 American crime drama film directed by Rupert Wyatt. The screenplay by William Monahan is based on the 1974 film, written by James Toback. The remake, starring Mark Wahlberg as the titular character, premiered on November 10, 2014 at the AFI Fest, and was theatrically released in the United States on December 25, 2014.Wiki
Jim Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) is a literature professor with a severe gambling addiction. He ends up owing $260,000 to Lee (Alvin Ing), the proprietor of an underground gambling ring, and Neville Baraka (Michael K. Williams), a loan shark. Lee gives Bennett 7 days to pay off his debts or be murdered. During one of his classes, he identifies student Amy Phillips (Brie Larson) as a potential writing prodigy and confronts Lamar Allen (Anthony Kelley), a student who does not pay attention in class and intends to become an NBA basketball player.
Bennett considers borrowing money from Frank (John Goodman), another loan shark, to consolidate his debts and buy himself some time, but refuses to do so after Frank demands he admit that he is not a man. Bennett convinces his mother Roberta (Jessica Lange) to give him enough money to pay off his debts, but during a night out with Amy he gambles it all away. Baraka kidnaps and confronts Bennett, forcing him into an ultimatum - if he does not convince Lamar to win one of his college basketball games by a margin of 7 points or less, he will murder Amy. Bennett goes to Frank, who advises him to adopt a "fuck you" attitude towards life and lends him $260,000 to wager in Lamar's game. Bennett also convinces Lee to stake him $150,000 in order to bribe Lamar into helping him. Lamar succeeds in the point shaving scheme, and Bennett uses his winnings to pay his debts to Baraka.
He then convinces Lee and Frank to meet him in a neutral gambling den and successfully wagers his remaining money on a roulette spin. This earns him enough money to pay off both Lee and Frank; the payment to Frank is more than he owed but he refuses the “cream” when Frank offers to give back the overpayment. He heads to Amy's apartment broke but a free man.