Monday, May 9, 2011
Catch Kevin Spacey in his Golden Globe-nominated performance as a megalomanical lobbyist in CASINO JACK, which arrived on Blu-ray and DVD on April 5th from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. The critically acclaimed film based on a true story tells the tale of one of DC’s most lucrative lobbyists, who used his power and influence to create an extravagant lifestyle that included private jets, exotic cars, and even an offshore gambling business.
Two-time Academy Award® Winner Kevin Spacey delivers a “bravura performance” (The New Yorker) in this “uproarious, riveting and wickedly hilarious” (Elle) film inspired by a true story. Spacey stars as Jack Abramoff, the real-life Washington power player who resorted to jaw-dropping levels of fraud and corruption. High-rolling excess and outrageous escapades are all in a day’s work for Abramoff, as he goes to outrageous lengths to promote the Indian gambling industry, earning him the nickname “Casino Jack.” But when Jack and his womanizing protégé Michael Scanlon (Barry Pepper) enlist a dimwitted business partner (Jon Lovitz) for an illegal scheme, they find themselves ensnared in a web of greed and murder that explodes into a worldwide scandal.
CASINO JACK is a cautionary tale that showcases the best and worst of Capitol Hill intrigue, and also stars Barry Pepper (True Grit), Kelly Preston (Old Dogs, Death Sentence), and Jon Lovitz (Saturday Night Live, The Producers).
The Scoop from RBM: I loved it! Truth be told, as soon as I saw Kevin Spacey was in it, I knew I would probably like it. I think he is an incredible actor and he did not disappoint...he nailed the main character role. I also thought the supporting cast was great as well. I really enjoyed the fact that this was based on a true story (crazy!) and even though I am not into politics (shameful, I know!!) I still enjoyed this flick. It is about 2 hours and generally I would fall asleep at least once during a movie this long (thank you Baby R!) but this one was interesting, funny and I did not sleep a wink and that, readers, is saying a lot! I give 2 thumbs up to Casino Jack! You can pick up your copy today on Amazon (perfect for a date night!)...
Disclosure: I was given a copy of the above mentioned movie for purpose of review. The opinions expressed are my own and have not been edited for content by another party.