If like me you are a fan of Mark Wahlberg for his understated screen charms and rugged good looks then you might enjoy The Gambler (2014). It is not a roll Wahlberg seems ideally suited to but Mark carries it off with his usual aplomb. Not unlike the late great Steve McQueen in many ways Wahlberg always seems to succeed as the quiet hero even when cast as the villain of the peace.
In this remake of the 1974 movie originally starring James Caan, Wahlberg plays a rather gaunt looking professor of English Literature by day and an ardent gambler by night. Willing to risk everything including his dear mother’s life savings on a spin of the wheel Wahlberg strives to avoid the wrath of various local mobsters. Due to poor judgement and a serious run of bad luck he owes them lots of money. It is a nail biting tale right up to the final scene and you can guess what happens at the end without any spoilers from me. The script is excellent and the direction is indeed professional.
If enjoying a little flutter in the comfort of your own home is more your thing then take a look at the 24/7 bingo games available on line. There are no scary mobsters and mums life savings won’t be required. You can get lots of good deals with the sign up options and even meet new friends in the chat rooms. It’s all very friendly and a great way to have some fun. Nothing like Hollywood at all and don’t be surprised if Mark Wahlberg is nowhere to be seen.
Since then he’s had his hands full with the true to life disaster movie “Deepwater Horizon” and this year starring in the new Transformers Epic “The Last Knight”. He really has come a long way since his movie debut roll as Private Tommy Lee Haywood in the much maligned 1994 comedy Renaissance Man. That movie starred Danny De Vito. Now there’s a fine actor.
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