On the day that a serial killer that he helped put away is supposed to be executed, a noted forensic psychologist and college professor receives a call informing him that he has 88 minutes left to live.
Brandon Lang loves football: an injury keeps him from the pros, but his quarterback's anticipation makes him a brilliant predictor of games' outcomes. Needing money, he leaves Vegas for Manhattan to work for Walter Abrams advising gamblers. Walter has a doting wife, a young daughter, and a thriving business, but he has problems: a bum heart, a belief he's a master manipulator, and addictions barely kept in check. He remakes Brandon, and a father-son relationship grows. Then, things go awry. Walter may be running a con. The odds against Brandon mount.Written by
When they go to "Puerto Rico" to meet the multi millionaire gambler at his palatial digs it is in fact a waterfront home in West Vancouver, Canada as you can tell by the Coast Mountains and a BC Ferry going by in the background. See more »
[During a Gamblers Anonymous meeting]
You think with two mortgages out, the repo guy staking out my car, my job on the line, and my wife threatening to leave me that I'd stop but I'm "staying in the chase" doubling down, I guess I've been doing pretty good because I know I've got one big problem.
[to a Gamblers Anonymous member as he quickly leaves with Brandon]
If you rethink things over here's my card and put it in your wallet, we're toping eighty percent this weekend, you'll never know when ...
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Six years after a career-ending injury, former college football player Brandon Lang (Matthew McConaughey) is doing little more than a phone service for gamblers. After some amazing success, he is lured to NY to join Walter Abrams (Al Pacino) in his business of gambling predictions. It's a fast talking adrenaline junkie's business and Walter's wife Toni (Rene Russo) tries to keep ever present dangers in check.
The story isn't that exciting. The characters are questionable. The big takeaway is the acting. Matthew McConaughey is a master of this brash young guy. He works well with the master Al Pacino. Al has more intensity than the rest of the cast. And Rene Russo has that superior regal airs about her. The movie starts well, but it does slow down around the middle. It is just too long, and the second half gets quite tiresome. Maybe the Pacino intensity wore me out. At the end, I really didn't care about anybody in the movie.
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