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Casino Jack is available in an April 5, 2011 Blu-ray release from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Two-time Academy AwardÂ® Winner Kevin Spacey delivers a Golden Globe-nominated performance in this comedy take on an incredible true story. Spacey stars as Jack Abramoff, the real-life Washington power player who resorted to jaw-dropping levels of fraud and corruption.
High-rolling excess and outrageous escapades are all in a dayâ€™s work for Abramoff, as he goes to outrageous lengths to promote the Indian gambling industry, earning him the nickname â€œCasino Jack.â€ But when Jack and his womanizing protÃ©gÃ© Michael Scanlon (Barry Pepper) enlist a dimwitted business partner (Jon Lovitz) for an illegal scheme, they find themselves ensnared in a web of greed and murder that explodes into a worldwide scandal.
Kevin Spacey is brilliant in this shocking biographical comedy crime film that presents a story that is hard for even the casual viewer to fathom. “Casino Jack” managed to hob knob with some of the most powerful men in the world. The film portrays Abramoff as a deeply religious family man corrupted by greed. Spacey is a great fit for a role that requires a nice blend of serious acting with comedic interludes.
The cast of Casino Jack is solid. Barry Pepper is an under appreciated talent, though his role is secondary in the movie. Kelly Preston is stunning as Jack’s endlessly devoted wife who only shows her vulnerability in the movie’s final moments. Jon Lovitz would seem like the odd fit in this cast of stalwarts but he certainly holds his own as the bumbling criminal element.
Casino Jack tells a remarkable story and it is a nice film. It certainly will not go down among Spacey’s best efforts, but it is worth watching none the less. Director George Hickenlooper manages to keep the viewer engaged with clever storytelling from writer Norman Snider.
Casino Jack Blu-ray Special Features
MPAA Rating: R
Total Running Time: 108 minutes
Blu-ray Release Date: April 5, 2011
Director: George Hickenlooper
Starring: Kevin Spacey, Barry Pepper, Jon Lovitz, Ruth Marshall, Graham Greene
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