Great film, unbelievable cast
This new film has a superb cast, with potential award winning
performances from Danny DeVito, Kim Basinger and -- particularly --
Tense, tight script that keeps you guessing 'til the very end. A new
writer, and I'd love to see other stuff he's written.
If you're looking for a typical light, frothy Hollywood film with a
happy ending, look elsewhere: 'Even Money' gives you a strong dose of
real life -- as several lives unwind because of addictive gambling.
The same producer took a chance on "Crash" -- this film, in my opinion,
is definitely in the same league..
If things do get as intertwined as many movies portray, don't say that they didn't warn us.
I've noticed that in the 21st century, there's been a surge in movies
portraying several people who, although they may never meet, are all
connected by something: "Traffic", "Syriana", "Fast Food Nation" and
"Babel". Now, there's also Mark Rydell's "Even Money", depicting
several people linked by gambling addictions. There's Carolyn Carver
(Kim Basinger), a writer ignoring her family and spending all her time
in the casino with prestidigitator Walter Markowitz (Danny DeVito);
Clyde Snow (Forest Whitaker), a handyman trying to help his son become
a basketball player; and Augie (Jay Mohr), who has taken some very
wrong turns in his life. But in control of everything is slime-ball
Victor (Tim Roth), intent on rigging the upcoming basketball game.
I should say that I didn't find this movie to be as good as the
aforementioned intertwined-story films, as the aforementioned ones
dealt more with political issues. But I thought that it was worth
seeing as a look at the underbelly of life in general (is that a lame
description?). And an ugly look at things it certainly is. Victor is
one guy whom you hope that you never have to meet, but it's still
possible to admire him somewhat. At times, every one of the characters
made my skin crawl just a little bit.
All in all, an OK movie. Also starring Ray Liotta as Kim Basinger's
husband, Kelsey Grammar as a detective, and director Rydell at the end.
PS: Mark Rydell also directed Bette Midler's movies "The Rose" and "For