Literature professor and gambler Jim Bennett's debt causes him to borrow money from his mother and a loan shark. Further complicating his situation, is his relationship with one of his students. Will Bennett risk his life for a second chance?
Jim Bennett is a risk taker. Both an English professor and a high-stakes gambler, Bennett bets it all when he borrows from a gangster and offers his own life as collateral. Always one step ahead, Bennett pits his creditor against the operator of a gambling ring and leaves his dysfunctional relationship with his wealthy mother in his wake. He plays both sides, immersing himself in an illicit, underground world while garnering the attention of Frank, a loan shark with a paternal interest in Bennett's future. As his relationship with a student deepens, Bennett must take the ultimate risk for a second chance.Written by
While Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) is waiting for Big Ernie (Domenick Lombardozzi), a Rodriguez song is playing, and a reflection of a sign, Sugar Man, is seen in a passing vehicle. It's a Rodriguez album name. See more »
Early in the movie when Jim is at the blackjack table and wins an $80,000 bet with a natural 21, rather than being paid the correct amount which should have been $120,000, he is paid incorrectly as he receives 16 of the blue/white chips adding up to $160,000. See more »
I could stand here, stark naked, and I could YELL AS LOUD AS I WANT, and nobody would care.
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During the opening titles, as the classic Paramount logo appears onscreen, we hear the sound of a roulette as the stars are aligning over the Paramount mountain. See more »
Life is a high stakes game. This is how to play it.
Yesterday evening watched this movie and loved it, couldn't take my eyes off.
This is not a gambling movie, this is a movie on pain. Existential pain. The character, Jim, played amazingly by Mark Wahlberg is the essence of it.
Grown up in a rich family. Intelligent. Always been told he's the smartest & talented person in the room. But deep inside he feels mediocrity. Be is bored to the hilt. He doesn't f***ing care about cars, money, his looks and even women anymore.
This is a movie about feeling alive, taking risks in life, because without a risk you're a mediocre bum, you are essentially dead. And this is exactly how Jim is feeling. Everything he does is to escape that, his flamboyant teaching, his gambling, his f*** you mentality.
Deep inside he feels he has to put it all on the line, everything, his family, all his money, his life even. Doing this is the only thing that can essentially set him free.
He's s stubborn and cocky f*** knowing that his only release is giving everything up, be humiliated, be on the ground and that's the basis of becoming a new and free man.
Coming down to the existential reason for self destruction, first we need to burn everything down, before me can build a new city on top of it.
This is his escape from his addiction, his ego & his depression. Life is a high stakes game.
Perfectly done in a grim & tense setting. Loved it, very inspiring. Thanks for making this movie!
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