ABE & PHIL’S LAST POKER GAME

ABE & PHIL’S LAST POKER GAME REVIEWED

“Abe & Phil’s Last Poker Game” wants to tackle death and the big cosmic questions. Unfortunately, it does with the memory of a senior near the end of their life. Nothing is answered and the action piddles about until the film finally ends. Thankfully, it was short. While this might sound quite bad, I do have to pay kudos to the pairing of Paul Sorvino and Martin Landau.

Landau is doing the same thing he’s been doing for the last 20 years, but Sorvino seems to be turning a corner. Sorvino has been the man for ages. He killed it for Oliver Stone, Baz Luhrmann and Martin Scorsese. But, as he ages…the roles he takes seem to escape my view. That’s a shame, as he brings a strong dignity that we don’t get in the modern American cinema. Too often older actors like Sorvino get relegated to the stereotypical roles or aging grandparents.

While this film toys with the second part, it also identifies these older citizens as still being individuals. If you can respect that sense of identity in terms of strong age representation, this will be for you. Otherwise, you’ll just want to skip.

FILM STATS

  • R
  • 1 hr and 25 minutes
  • Gravitas Ventures

RELEASE DATE: 1/8/18

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