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Plot: Down on his luck and facing financial hardship, Gerry teams up with younger charismatic poker player, Curtis, in an attempt to change his luck. The two set off on a road trip through the South with visions of winning back what's been lost. Runtime: 108 mins Release Date: 13 Aug 2015
If you've missed Charles Grodin and Robert De Niro in Midnight Run ? eh- this isn't THAT movie, but Ryan Reynolds might just stir in you the ghost of Charles Grodin...Aside from a Twain esque adventure here- you will find a terrific foot massage The gem in this movie perhaps though is Ben Mendelsohn.What a real treat - one of the better faces of humanity I think you will agree.I've seen a few very poor movies come out lately involving gambling, Gut Shot Straight, maybe that was the one with Steven Segal, maybe it was that most horrid contraption with Mark Whalberg - but this movie <more>
really delivers a wonderful cinematic landscape that will keep you very interested in the characters - scenes...Hats off to the director - and actors involved in this production.I HIGHLY recommend watching this - your time will be well spent.Myself ? I discovered two new actors to keep an eye on - Ryan Reynolds, and Ben Mendelsohn. Something quite magical about both of them.GREAT CASTING here.AT TIMES I felt like PERHAPS I finally encountered my ever so sought after Ishtar II - with Hoffman and Beatty...There are many moments between Mendelsohn and Reynolds that will have you thinking about Ishtar - I might be alone on that, short of Quentin - who does show Ishtar time to time to friends...I do so miss Charles Grodin, but SOMEWAY - SOME HOW - and NOT to cheat Ryan from being Ryan - Ryan is carrying a torch forward - as an actor such that I think Grodin carried - it takes a great intelligence to be aware of how others see you- and work with that, Reynolds has that delicate eye. I can't wait to see what else he invests his time into.What else can I say- but thank you to the cast - crew - director- writer and this is a GENUINE GEM here - granted I'm only 50% through the movie so heh- maybe I spoke too soon - there might be something more brewing here than I am aware of beyond a Twain esque adventure down the Mississippi -I had to update my review here - just watching a few minutes furtherIt is MORE than fair to say - this cinematic venture will bestow upon you some all so true moments - facets- reflections - of what it is to be human, and you can not JUST watch, but celebrate being human along WITH the characters - it's quite powerful to see the wide margins engaged here on the full wardrobe of event phenomena a human being can explicate in the time one is alive to witness what they can...PRECIOUS moments in this film - will leave your cup overflowing... DELICATE the line is between tragedy and - no - not comic - but between tragedy and what REALLY IS the common denominator experience one can expect in this life on this planet - and it's NOT ALL BAD...it's NOT ALL BADI'm going back to the piano scene.I am TEMPTED to say- KEEP YOUR EYE ON THAT RED BALLno spoiler at ALL - really- no one in their right mind would zoom in on that feature of this production - but - it's not ABOUT whether you can follow the red ball or not - what it IS ABOUT IS - that as human beings - we even dare to see AND ACTUALLY DO entertain ourselves with such sleight of hand, even when the hand is not so sleight.This movie could have easily been called Sleight of HandBut I only mean that in regards to how you will be magically swept away into such realistic characters without flaw in acting/presentation, only by being human.I pulled my review to edit it a third time.I JUST finished the Piano scene - all of 30 seconds since I wrote lastMy thoughts were- hopefully this movie made a debut at Sundance ? and I see it didThis is just an amazing piece of cinema here.SO many pivotal moments that will leave you engulfed in all of humanity.REAL NICE WORK - WATCH IT
I used to think Ryan Renolds suced! (by juanmuscle)
Big time! But now as of late, I think I was wrong, perhaps I was jealous of his good loooks lol, I don' t know, but here enacting his character he did a fine job, moving through the scope of human emotions really well , great timing and he pulled off a great job!That being said, there was some fine writing here, his character is not only charming and forgiving but very exciting, so it lends to a very interesting plot line that sort of works itself out in the end despite his sidekick's depraved antics.But I have to say, this film, was very very well written, the life of someone that is <more>
engulfed completely in this disease , is very very frightful in its Noun of tenuous anyone? lol, but yes, this is a tough road to pic in life, one never knows if one has won enough to be fixed or lost enough, nor when they are going to pick back up where they left off and what? How far can you sink in this game before you are facing the edge of oblivion?Very cool, highly recommend it.
Great character acting by Ryan Reynolds (by IlinaCen44286)
As much as I wouldn't expect to be re-watching for the third time in a row a movie starring one of Hollywood's "men of the hour", it is Reynolds' truly stellar performance that kept me glued to the screen. What I particularly appreciate about the movie is how well crafted the two leading characters are and the particular depth that Reynolds adds to the drifting casino-frequenting thrill-seeker he plays who by his own admission is better at darts than gambling and is a casino regular simply because he "likes people" . Curtis Reynolds' character is a sort <more>
of a perennial wanderer, set on a journey of discovery, oblivious however as to what exactly it is he is searching for. A typical "lost soul" in the Gen X sense, Curtis loathes any sort of predictability and never stays in one place for too long and has a debilitating fear of committing to places and people - love interests, too. Reynolds manages to turn Curtis into a likable character one could relate to so much so that when he professes his love to his on again-off again casino hostess girlfriend, it almost looks like he is finally ready to settle down and anchor "in love". But, love is the ultimate gamble for him, something he is yet unprepared for, with the next roll of the dice at the next casino holding more appeal. The thrill of the "open road" and the endless possibilities it brings with it have been nicely captured in this movie, depicting the very essence of the American dream which lies in the understanding that, in Curtis's own words, "the journey is the destination".
Great road movie that develops great characters with a great bond (by WalterSoprano)
Once again the IMDb user rating fails to reflect the true quality of a movie and I have to side with the critics. So be it because I was surprised how much I liked Mississippi grind. The acting from the two leads was exceptional, particularly Ben Mendelsohn. The writing is very natural and realistic as well. As usual, I would normally side with users, but every once in a while such as with the guest the critics know what they're doing and quite frankly the users couldn't be any more wrong, with a rating of 6.4/10 I would call this film criminally underrated, just so you know I <more>
don't say that often.To steer haters away I will tell you this movie can be quite depressing at times, it's writing and acting is so raw that the emotion and situations really get to you. I don't know about you but any weird feelings this film gave me were on a positive note quality wise anyways . I love different movies, on first glance I was thinking this was just another gambling movie, you know what I was wrong. This film does things not many other films have done, such as the feelings it gave to me.I love and I mean LOVE different movies, and this film is quite different, full of lots of bits that are left un said and yet if the viewer is immersed properly they will feel it and it works and it really worked for me. Yes the characters in the movie have a gambling problem and it can be quite un comfortable to see what they do themselves and others but you know what not every movie is going to have happy go lucky optimistic heroes, so if you don't like movies with characters that aren't picture perfect steer clear.I apologize for my rather vague review, I am coming right off of my initial viewing so keep that in mind but don't think of this as a review but more as a recommendation. I'm not saying this is the best movie ever but for those such as myself in search of something different I would highly recommend this film and I would put this up with some of the greatest gambling movies EVER. Initially I give this a 10/10 but as I said I'm fresh out of the viewing so I have to give this movie some time to absorb to give a more proper assessment, but no doubt Mississippi Grind is worth a viewing. Thanks for reading my recommendation and hopefully you'll enjoy this hidden gem.
Sensitive, finely tuned road movie about gamblers with a whale of a lead performance. (by applescruff420-1)
Movies like these simply don't come around too often. MISSISSIPPI GRIND follows in a long tradition of great gambling movies such as Altman's California SPLIT and Toback's THE GAMBLER, but easily stands up next to them as one of the finest examples of the genre. Ben Mendelsohn is at a career best level in this movie, approaching Pacino-in-the-70s heights at times. If you have followed his work since his breakout role in ANIMAL KINGDOM, his performance here will feel like a culmination of one hell of a run in the 2010's. Mendelsohn plays Gerry, a great poker player but a <more>
terrible gambler. His inability to know when to walk away from the table has put him deep into debt with some very unsavory characters, and even if he had the money to pay them back, he might just gamble it away anyways. This is the kind of self-destructive guy we're following here. He meets Curtis Ryan Reynolds, the good version we also saw in ADVENTURELAND , a younger, seemingly more put together gambling enthusiast who clearly has issues of his own, and they form an unlikely but surprisingly endearing bond. Curtis agrees to stake Gerry a few grand and drive him down the Mississippi River, hitting a bunch of riverboat games on their way to a high stakes poker game in New Orleans. So the film also becomes a road movie, and a fantastic addition to that canon as well. The movie turns simply on watching these characters play out their fates, and the directing team of Boden & Fleck who also made the great HALF NELSON and SUGAR capture their lives with sensitivity and a good eye for emotions lurking just beneath the surface. We don't quite know what compels Curtis to help Gerry, nor do we know what compels Gerry to make some of the decisions he makes once they hit the road, but the filmmakers aren't interested in explaining flawed humanity to us. They are primarily interested in emotional truth, and boy do they find it in this story. Highly recommended for those who prefer finely tuned character dramas.
"Mississippi Grind" is a truly great little movie gem (by 851222)
Greetings from Lithuania."Mississippi Grind" 2015 is not about the game, it's all about the player, or in this case, players. This picture first of all is an amazing character study drama. Then it's a great buddy / road picture. It is also a superb gambling movie, where games are shoot and shown in their true colors. Acting by was great by all involved, i knew Ryan Reynolds can truly act after a small masterpiece in my opinion "Buried", but Ben Mendelsohn gives the most amazing performance here as a low-key down on his luck addictive gambler who simply just <more>
can't win. Or he can't giving up on loosing..?Overall, "Mississippi Grind" isn't a straightforward gambling movie. It is superb and entertaining character study movie in which characters are gamblers. It is not about money as one character says, it is about a rush for gambling probably . This a great little movie gem.
Mississippi Grind is a very enjoyable film. Gerry Ben Mendelsohn and Curtis Ryan Reynolds, the spitting image of Ben Affleck--so much so you may watch this and think it WAS Ben playing the role , embark on a gambling road trip much like the characters in Sideways embark on a wine tasting tour. Although the result isn't as funny as Sideways, it's just as engaging in it's depiction of two lost souls male bonding with each other. They have their ups and downs and despite how the characters are depicted it remains ambiguous who is ultimately the wiser. Although fans of gambling <more>
movies will surely enjoy this character study, at the end of the day it's the acting that pulls this through and makes the two hours go by without a dull moment, even though action is scarce and human interaction is the main theme. I enjoyed it and recommend it.
Reynolds is good, Mendelsohn is fantastic. Gritty. Shoe-In for top 10 of 2015. Very mild spoilers (by witster18)
This is right up my alley. I enjoy gambling films, and like both actors."Mississippi Grind" is a great film bolstered by the chemistry and performances of the two leads. The film steady rolls out of the gate. Like the Mississippi itself, it doesn't seem to be in a hurry, but it keeps rolling towards it's destination. This is not a film of twists, cons, or gimmicks. It's a realistic examination of two gambling addicts, who find friendship and success despite their differences and problems.Mendelsohn gives an Oscar worthy performance. "Gerry's" life has been <more>
permanently scarred because of his addiction. Think of William H. Macy in "The Cooler", or Philip Seymour Hoffman in "Owning Mahoney" and then up the ante and that's saying something - especially the latter . I doubt he'll actually get a nomination. I already knew this was one of the best lesser- known actors in Hollywood. I'd seen many Australian films starring Mendelsohn, but many might recognize him from his supporting roles in films like "Place Beyond the Pines", and "Black Sea". This performance should catapult him into some bigger roles in American film.Here Mendelsohn can't seem to get out of the way of himself. He's fallen so far that he believes that he deserves every bad thing that comes his way, yet he still can't stop his actions. It's like any addiction. There's usually a good person underneath there, but unfortunately, the weight of all his transgressions needs to be lifted before there is any chance at redemption. But, can the weight ever be lifted? I think that's the open-ended message and question at the end of the film. That's also why the ending works so well. It takes such a depressing character, two of them actually, and leaves us with the thought that they can right every wrong.Mendelsohn's "gerry" also has a somewhat likable, light-hearteded quality in his depressive state. It's magical really. You'll leave the film thinking that you may run into Gerry at your regional casino; passing by and casually saying, "Hey Gerry". "Hey Man" he'd quietly reply, wondering possibly worrying about where he knew you from as he headed to the poker room.The only thing that separates these two characters, is luck. Nothing more. Each of them imprint on one another, and the result is a revelation for them both. They need each other. Gerry needs Curtis' luck, and Curtis needs Gerry to justify that he can turn his own personal life around, that people like them can make a good decision. Proof that it's not all luck. Proof that he can quit and machu pichu have to see it .Highly recommended. Sitting right with "Wild Tales" for my top film of 2015, granted I've only seen 27 of 80 on my watchlist. As Gerry might say "It's a Sign" that better movies might lie ahead.You'll like this if you liked: Trees Lounge not as good , Owning Mahoney very close but not quite as good as this , The Cooler not as good , or Rounders close but not as good, though I'm sure the comparison and statement won't help the useful % .
Great portrayal of a gambling addict (by valleyjohn)
This is a film about two poker players who strike up a friendship and go on a road trip to win their fortune. The problem is that one of them doesn't know when to quit. This is one the best films I've seen about gambling and poker in a long time. The two lead actors , Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn are brilliant and they work really well together. Mendelsohn in particular is really convincing as man with a severe gambling problem. This doesn't glamorise gambling at all and it highlights all the pitfalls of not being able to stop gambling. Essentially this is a road movie that <more>
despite having many bumps is actually a really good journey to be on for the viewer.