What do you get when you take "good" Will Hunting and teach his genius mind how to play poker . . . you get Rounders (or "bad" Will Hunting).I rented Rounders with fairly low expectations, seeing as it looked like a formula movie from the initial release (which is why I avoided it in the first place). Well, formula movie is not enough to describe this piece of fluff.
It tries to be a thriller, but you would have to be an idiot not to know how everything is going to turn out after the movie lays itself open in the first thirty minutes. It tries to be suspenseful, but once again, there is very little left to be speculated upon. It tries to be serious, but all I could pay attention to was the annoyingly uncanny similarity between Damon's character in this movie (Michael, the ex-poker playing genius who is trying to avoid his "destiny" by going to law school) and Damon's self-penned genius character in Good Will Hunting.
The most ludicrous part of this movie surrounds Michael's "destiny". He gives up Law School under the guidance of one of his professors to pursue his true calling (compared in the film to a religious calling) of being a PROFESSIONAL POKER PLAYER! Please, give me a break. At least Will Hunting had some skills that were translatable into the workplace.
The only thing that brings the movie up from one star to two is the chemistry between the very talented Damon and Norton. My problems with the film have much more to do with the script/story line than the abilities of the two stars.Only get this one if the good ones are missing from the shelves of your local video store.