Paul Schrader directs Oscar Isaac, Tiffany Haddish and Tye Sheridan in this crime drama where an ex-con makes his money edging casinos using the tricks he learned during his incarceration.
The life of an obsessed puritan – journal keeping, extreme behaviour, strict personal code. We are in typical Schrader outsider territory. I notice the marketing materials completely missed out the massive Abu Ghraib subplot – this dominates the movie as it pushes further ahead. You forget you are watching a “The Hustler” style gambling flick long before the close.
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