23 October 2015
Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn shine in a bittersweet gambler buddy road movie. Desperate and very much down on his luck, gambling addict Gerry (Ben Mendelsohn) is heavily in debt to a loan shark (Alfre Woodard). He needs a big win to turn his fortunes around - and quickly. Enter charismatic young golden boy Curtis (Ryan Reynolds), a carefree risk taker who seems to be on a never-ending winning streak. Gerry decides that Curtis could be his lucky charm and the two men hit the road along the Mississippi river on a mission to clean up in a high-stakes New Orleans poker game. With more than a nod to its character-driven 1970s forebears such as California Split, this gritty, funny and atmospheric drama from Half Nelson creators Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden boasts lived-in, career best performances from its two leads. There's strong support too from Sienna Miller as Curtis's girlfriend.