Gambling is a drug. It is addictive and destructive. Some play for the adrenalin rush, others make a living from it. And this movie tells you the whole damn truth!Script writers David Levien & Brian Koppelman tackle the issues of gambling and its shortcomings with the characters Mike, (Matt) and his troubled partner Worm, (Edward). Mike has talent and abuses it on the card table, destroying his personal life and profession.
But he at least faces his responsibilities and attempts to make amends. That in itself is a difficult task when addiction has a hold of you. Especially when you are dealing with the seedy side of New York.
Matt Damon fits in perfectly into the role of Mike, (he was very unconvincing in SAVING PRIVATE RYAN), and is supported by professionals in the likes of Norton (who almost steals the show), Turturro, Landau and even the eccentric performance from Malkovich as the seedy Russian card king, KGB, are all top notch.
Narration by the main character can sometimes put you off, but in this instance it helps to understand the intricate art of playing cards.A tight script that holds you in there for the ride, uninterrupted by John Dahl's direction.