WILD CARD

“Wild Card” is a crime movie about gambling in Las Vegas. There are shades of De Palma and Elmore Leonard to be enjoyed. The cast itself is pretty damn impressive. That being said, nothing happens. Thankfully, the film is short even though it feels like it’s an hour longer than it is. I don’t know what allows that to happen.

The film is a remake of later era Burt Reynolds crime masterpiece “Heat”. That movie is far more famous for being one of the film adaptations of William Goldman’s novels. Hell, Goldman came out of semi-retirement to write this movie. How do you take a film that was passable at best and make it worse? I’ve watched this film three times and I don’t get how a near shot for shot remake manages to miss the point. Older film fans would probably want me to ask Gus Van Sant about that one.

The Blu-Ray comes with a commentary and featurettes as the special features. The A/V Quality is sharp for a film that most will see on video. The 1080p transfer is flat, but works for what it is. The DTS-HD 5.1 track pushes audio to all channels, but the back doesn’t get enough material. In the end, it’s worth a purchase to the curious.

Release Date: 03/31/15

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