In a devastating story rife with visual metaphors, Romanian director Mircea Daneliuc traces the slow mental disintegration of a confirmed gambler, using his disorder as an allusion to a greater national and social disorder. Set in the 1930s, the middle-class gambler meets an elderly man who seems to bring him good luck at the gaming tables. Rather than treasure his friendship and the good fortune it brings, the gambler takes advantage of his friend, and by his actions drives the man to suicide. Unable to reconcile his own mental demons, the gambler wanders through the house of his dead friend, and his experiences there only serve to unsettle his mind more and more and more. In the last reels of the film, the fantasies of the hero's deranged mind take over.
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Nathaniel M (ag) wrote: Implausible and silly set up and headache inducing magical realism meet action romance. Sounds terrible, and thanks to extremely odd music and editing choices, it sometimes is. Still, I found myself enjoying it as a popcorn flick. Mads makes for a quality villain and the Romanian setting were both big pluses for me.
Christopher H (br) wrote: There is a glimpse of what "Basic Instinct 2" could be in the first five minutes of the film, when Sharon Stone is speeding down the road in a hot car while touching herself. The film looks sleek and stylish, one-upping the original film's sexually intense opening. But after that, the film falls into a race against itself, trying to recreate the same moments from the original without giving us anything. Sharon Stone teetered on being evil in the original, but in the sequel, we know how the previous film ended and therefore know Stone's character for what she is, destroying the illusion. Stone is sexy as ever, still taking control of her scenes, but none of the other characters add up and the whodunit portion of the film falls flat and melodramatic.
Melis L (nl) wrote: Interesting start to my year...
Cody H (ca) wrote: I like it because it was filmed in Lexington!
Elaine B (es) wrote: bestest film ever in the world
Dan V (it) wrote: These are "off-beat" roles for both Steve McQueen and Jackie Gleason.
Kellan W (gb) wrote: I don't know, it just didn't do it for me. Sort of unmemorable.
Daniel K (fr) wrote: 3: A nice little noir, but it also comes equipped with one of the happier endings I can remember in the genre. However, despite the hard-edged nature of much of the film, this doesn't seem entirely out of place. The wide-eyed romance and hints at seeking a better life provide the film's darker aspects with a veneer of hope. Solid performances, filmmaking, script, etc. It certainly drew me into the story, no matter how transparent and predictable it was. It reminded me of pictures like Key Largo and The Petrified Forest a bit too. It's hard to imagine actually being in a resort hotel like this, but they sure seem fascinating in classic Hollywood pictures. Noir seems to have been made for the B-movie era, as the success and quality of a picture didn't necessarily hinge on the production values or the stars. This can, of course, be said of other genres as well, but I think it's most true of noirs. It's a rather democratic genre as it were.
Andrew S (nl) wrote: Chris Vaughn is a retired soldier who returns to his hometown to make a new life for himself, only to discover his wealthy high school rival, Jay Hamilton, has closed the once-prosperous lumber mill to turn the town's resources towards his own criminal gains. The town is now overrun with crime, drugs and violence. Enlisting the help of his old pal Ray Chris Vaughn is a retired soldier who returns to his hometown to make a new life for himself, only to discover his wealthy high school rival, Jay Hamilton, has closed the once-prosperous lumber mill to turn the town's resources towards his own criminal gains. The town is now overrun with crime, drugs and violence. Enlisting the help of his old pal Ray Templeton, Chris gets elected sheriff and vows to shut down Hamilton's operations. His actions endanger his family and threaten his own life, but Chris refuses to back down until his hometown once again feels like home.
Cary R (ag) wrote: Gritty but a bit slow-moving with Al Pacino in one of his best roles. Good 70s film despite a lack of significantly developed secondary characters.