Thursday, September 25, 2008

Croupier (1998, Mike Hodges)

I really like films set in casinos. I really like heist films. I really like noirs and neo noirs. I really like Clive Owen. I really like the idea of a neo noir film (complete with a voice over too) existing that is about Clive Owen working as a croupier in a casino and getting involved in a heist that is going to take place there. I, however, did not like the film at all.

I hate that I can not even explain why I didn't find myself liking this film so much. I saw this film a couple of weeks ago and I honestly don't remember too much about it. The odd part is that when I first saw the film and only a couple of days had passed I had already forgotten that I had watched it.

The whole film is a bit way too low key to really hook you in. The moody atmosphere and coolness that it is trying to achieve doesn't work all that well either due to some cheap DV camera being used to film the film which takes you out of the movie (well, it at least took me out of the movie). I really expected much more from it. It had all the ingredients to be one stylish and moody neo noir film and even though it tries to be just that, it really does fail at being it.

At least Clive Owen is awesome in it but then again when isn't he?


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