The Card Counter: Directed by Paul Schrader. With Oscar Isaac, Tiffany Haddish, Tye Sheridan, Willem Dafoe. Redemption is the long game in Paul Schrader’s THE CARD COUNTER. Told with Schrader’s trademark cinematic intensity, the revenge thriller tells the story of an ex-military interrogator turned gambler haunted by the ghosts of his past.
I thought I was getting into a gambling movie with one of the best actors in the business, but ended up with a movie about three men dealing with their PTSD in novel and horrifying ways. Poker is in the background at all times, but the main story is more about the dynamics of what you do when you’re done paying your dues for crimes committed and when you were one of the very few people that were held responsible for those same crimes.
There’s some crazy camera work that seems like it would be good to convert to VR, makes the scenes feel both too big and claustrophobic at the same time