Sunday, November 20, 2011

Casino Jack (2010)

Director: George Hickenlooper. Cast: Kevin Spacey, Barry Pepper, Jon Lovitz, Graham Greene, Kelly Preston. 108 min. Rated R. Biography/Crime.

Narrated in Scorsese's Casino and Goodfellas' style, the story of Jack Abramoff, the Washington super-lobbyist who swindled Native Americans out of millions and was sentenced to six years in prison. But this is everything but Scorsese. Abramoff's introductory monologue in front of a mirror is the filmmakers' copping out of his difficult character development process, and the repeated misuse of Spacey's expertise at impressions makes the story somewhat difficult to believe. Would've appreciated if the screenwriters offered a less "charming" mood (is Jon Lovitz here just for the laughs?), as their approach contradicts the real-life ruthlessness of such characters.

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