Casino Jack – When I lambasted Casino Jack for being too much of a Hollywood movie and not enough of a true biopic, I received a personal email from director George Hickenlooper that came off angry at first and then went into detail of his intentions with the film. Unfortunately, Hickenlooper passed away before I got the chance to discuss it with him further, but my feelings on the movie haven’t changed, and it’s just as annoying now as it was then. The problem is with Kevin Spacey, who plays real-life Washington, D.C. lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Abramoff got in over his head with greed and ended up in prison because of his involvement with several illegal deals. Spacey plays him like any other character he’s played before and you can’t help but think he’s just playing himself. The saving grace of the film is Barry Pepper, who keeps it somewhat interesting enough to sit through with his portrayal of Abramoff’s lackey, Michael Scanlon. If you’re interested in the subject, skip this fluff and watch the doc Casino Jack and the United States of Money instead.
2 out of 5 stars.
Here is the trailer for Casino Jack and the United States of Money:
And the trailer for Casino Jack: