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Casino Jack (Rental Ready) [DVD] [2010] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

3.2 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews

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  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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This semi-biographical tale of a crooked Washington DC lobbyist: Jack Abramoff, who is brought down when he makes some unwise choices of business partners, ultimately felt very unsatisfying; like a meal that you've really been looking forward to but which just doesn't make the grade. Kevin Spacey is a fine stage and screen actor, but his morally bloated and physically unprepossessing lobbyist was just irritating, with his constant stream of third-rate impersonations from classic movies, his odious mannerisms, and his unwavering arrogance and self-belief in the face of rock-solid proof of his inadequacies as a human being. Along with his gormless partner in crime Michael Scanlon (an obnoxious Barry Pepper), unfathomably loyal wife Pam (Kelly Preston), and repellent stooge - licentious mattress salesman Adam Kidan, Abramoff proceeds to barge his way into any area which will boost his own bank balance, until hubris finally trips him up.
Overall this is a well-made movie, but I just felt it lacked soul, and only really served as a reminder of just how much folly and greed we are all capable of.
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The rise and fall of 'superlobbyist', Jack Abramoff. Enjoyable story of politics, corruption and revenge. (Memo to self: never leave your lover's panties lying around.) Some of the political and business shenanigans were hard to follow (for me). But Kevin Spacey was captivating throughout and carries the film as a kind of Ari Gold (Entourage) of lobbying. One of his best performances for a while I think. Great support acting from Jon Lovitz and Barry Pepper too. It's a dialogue-heavy, slightly theatrical drama and I think it is basically only interesting to those who like to read about American politics or American business scandals - Enron, (for example). All in all, though, a good film. Great clip at the end of the real Abramoff, more unshaven and sleazier looking than Spacey.
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By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Oct. 2014
Format: DVD
There is something missing in this tale; or am I (and a number of my fellow reviewers) simply tired of tales of witless excess? The characters spend their time ripping people off, patronising and brown-nosing (at the same time) politicians, mouthing the most outrageous religious technobabble and being very boring (or over-the-top like the Barry Pepper character). Did the actors have a bad day or is this topic just more interesting to Beltway Bandits than to Brits? In the film the lead tries to pitch an action film about Moses to two shocked producers; I had similar feelings about "Casino Jack".
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Whilst there's nothing wrong with the performances in the film, the script lacks any real punch and the direction fails to set the screen alight. Spacey does a good job with the very poor materials that he's given. Ultimately very unsatisfactory and to be avoided.
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I admit that I found out about the Casino Jack movie from a Washingtonian Magazine article that features recent 2015 coverage of Kevin Spacey. This movie dvd version of Casino Jack includes photos of Kevin Spacey (as Jack Abramoff), Kelly Preston (Pam Abramoff), Jon Lovitz (Adam Kidan), and Barry Pepper (Michael Scanlon). The movie plot centers around what is listed to have been inspired by true life events as Jack Abramoff and his associates (Kidan, Scanlon etc.) were creating deals as lobbyists. However, the beginning of the movie does foreshadow a little what may happen. For instance, there is a scene where Abramoff and Scanlon are frustrated at being turned for one of the casino deals. The frustration is not what opens the door to the scandal, it is what the men are talking about doing to Bernie Sprague (Graham Greene)one of the casino members who were not in favor of retaining their services (which makes the name calling allegations tame compared to just that one act of revenge). Then things get even more complicated when the character of Abramoff is shown being let go from his job at the firm Preston Gates and Ellis, His shock is understandable due to this happening at what looks to be a highly regarded restaurant that serves top notch sushi. His natural progression of then going to work for Greenberg Traurig was to be expected. However, the movie shows that what may have indirectly affected what later happened to him was his drive to open and maintain two successful restaurants and what he did to try to keep the money flowing. For instance, the movie showed that he took Adam Kidan on as a business partner. However, things start to unravel when questions arise as to certain money balances and Kidan hires one of his mob men to “deal with and/or handle” Konstantinos Gus Boulis (Daniel Kash).Read more ›
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Casino Jack has all the ingredients to be a winner. It’s got Kevin Spacey, ranting his socks off in an opening monologue of supreme self-justification. Barry Pepper puts in a solid turn as his wild-living, womanising sidekick – the kind of role Matthew McConnaghey would have been offered five years ago. The plot reveals the worst excesses of the rich and powerful – corporations bribing politicians via men like Casino jack, the lobbyists of Capitol Hill.

Except that somehow this all fell quite flat. It’s a sorta ‘so what?’ story. As if we didn’t know that donations to campaign funds weren’t made in return for votes, endorsements and smoothing the way through committee stages. And how could any aspect of the native American gaming situation be anything other than underhand manipulation of an impoverished people?
The subplot involving a mafia hitman and a string of casino cruise ships in Florida is played for laughs more than dramatic effect, and the Wolf of Wall Street does the whole corporate greed thing so much better. So instead we’re left with a solid performance from Spacey as the influential man who knows everyone and has a finger in every pie… but in the end who pushes his own myth too far until no one in the system will even take his calls and there’s absolutely no loyalty among lobbyists, it seems.

It’s an entertaining film, but a little rudderless and puzzling – not shocking, not funny, not sad. Based on a true story it may be – could’ve done with spicing up a little more to make it into something genuinely gripping.
6/10
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