Shade is set in the world of poker hustlers working the clubs and martini bars of Los Angeles. The tale unfolds as a group of hustlers encounter "The Dean" and pull off a successful sting ...
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Shade is set in the world of poker hustlers working the clubs and martini bars of Los Angeles. The tale unfolds as a group of hustlers encounter "The Dean" and pull off a successful sting that results in their pursuit by a vengeful gangster. Written by
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Card sharps Stallone and Townsend battle one another
"Shade" (2003) is a little b-movie about poker cheats, grifters and hustlers (and worse) that reminds one a little of "The Cincinnati Kid" because there is an old pro (Sylvester Stallone) and a young card sharp (Stuart Townsend), but it's really very, very different from that wonderful movie. The two stories are nowhere near alike. This neo-noir involves outright cheating, card manipulations, complex grifts and double crosses. One of the principals (Thandie Newton) is so low that she traps a guy through a sado-masochist lure and sells his kidney!
The actual poker playing has rightfully been torn to pieces in other reviews. No need to dwell on it. The main attractions here are some good acting by Gabriel Byrne in not too good a part, Sylvester Stallone carrying the ball beautifully, Jamie Foxx playing a crude mark, and Roger C. Smith making a big impression as a soft-spoken enforcer. There are cameos by Dina Merrill, Bo Hopkins and Hal Holbrook but only Hopkins gets something to sink his teeth into. Thandie Newton has a good part but her acting, voice and appeal are all limited. She has little or no sex appeal and no sparks with any of the men in the picture. This picture is well-plotted enough to sustain interest, but not written well-enough to afford much significant character-building, action, tension and depth. The story needed a bit more work to increase its irony and impact. The better actors basically save it and so do some plot twists and the built-in drama of card games and sleights of hand.
The time passes quite quickly watching this movie.
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