Rounders

Rounders Rounders was produced in 1998 as an American drama film about the underground world of high stakes poker. The Director was John Dahl and starred Matt Damion and Edward Norton.

It is about a gifted Poker player who becomes a compulsive gambler and gambles away his tuition money, law degree, girlfriend, and almost his entire life. His biggest dream was of winning the World Series of Poker.

The Main Story

The main story is about Mike Dermott ( Matt Damon ) and Lester Murphy aka Worm ( Edward Norton ) who need a large sum of money to pay for a debt that Worm racked up in Mike’s name. They believe the only way they can do this, is by winning a high stakes poker game.

On their travels, they encounter dangerous individuals in the Poker World’s seedy glamour that consists of exhausted players risking everything they own or can borrow to feed their obsessive behaviour.

Towards the end, Mike wins $60,000 in an underground poker game against dodgy characters. He was unsure whether they would let him walk away with his winnings, but there is honour among thieves, and they agreed he had won it fair and square.

The Ending

Mike settles Worm’s $15,000 debt and various other debts he had. He then drops out of law school and leaves New York for Las Vegas to finally play in the World Series of Poker.

Highlighted are the two contrasting personalities, Mike wants to win by playing a good Poker game whereas Worm wants to hustle, leading them into trouble. Rounders is not about losers. Based on Poker it depicts the talented hero winning after many disastrous losses, yet keeps getting back into the saddle to the point where he no longer has anything to lose, but everything to gain.

Revolver

Revolver Revolver is a 2005 British and French crime thriller co-written and directed by Guy Ritchie, Madonna’s ex. It stars the well-known and popular Jason Statham (Jake Green), Ray Liotta (Dorothy Macha) and Andre 300(Avi).

Revolver is a macho parable of a man who has fallen from grace and is out for revenge.

The Main Story

Macha is a crime boss who controls illegal gambling, and when he loses his card man. He chooses a replacement card man who is a successful gambler. The replacement card man is Jake Green, but he refuses to accept the job.

The crime boss starts harassing his family and threatening to kill his brother and brother’s niece if he doesn’t comply.

Jake eventually has no option and becomes the card man.

At one of the casino games, Jake shoots an opponent which leads to his arrest. Macha keeps Billy’s family hostage to ensure Jake does not bring his name into it and Jake receives a 14-year prison sentence. He is, however, given the option to choose to serve the 14 years in a normal, or seven years in solitary confinement. He chooses the solitary confinement option.

While in prison he meets a con-man and chess player and they work out various chess moves to ensure they can always beat the game. The formula could be applied to any game and not just chess.

The Ending

Upon his release from prison, he sets out to get revenge on Macha by using his mathematical formula and getting the money to get his niece back. Macha soon realizes that Jake is no longer scared of him and that now only death awaits him and preferably by his own hands. He, therefore, commits suicide.

Revolver is about gambling in life and its consequences and how egos and power are man’s biggest downfall. The movie was a box office flop as it had an overcomplicated storyline.

Ocean’s Eleven

Ocean's Eleven Ocean’s Eleven is a 2001 American comedy written by Ted Griffin and directed by Steven Soderbergh. It is a remake of a 1960 classic of the same name. The movie has a star-studded cast, namely Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Matt Damon, Andy García, Don Cheadle, Julia Roberts and Bernie Mac.

It is about some friends who plan a 160 million dollar heist from a casino owner.

The Main Story

After he is released from prison, Danny Ocean ( George Clooney ) travels to California to meet his partner-in-crime, Rusty Ryan ( Brad Pitt ) to propose a casino heist. The pair go to Las Vegas to pitch the plan to former casino owner Reuben Tishkoff who agrees to finance it. The plan consists of robbing the Mirage, the Bellagio, and the MGM Grand casinos simultaneously.

Danny and Rusty recruit eight criminal specialists that consist of a pickpocket, a casino worker, two mechanics, an electronics and surveillance expert, an explosives expert, an elderly conman and an acrobat.

After many days of surveillance of the casino systems, the team makes a false replica of the vault’s floor. They take videos that look like they have accessed the vault and trick the casino owner into giving them half of the cash in return for not blowing up the vault.

The heist is a success, and they land up with the 160 million dollars.

The Ending

There was no proof of Danny’s involvement in the heist, so he only got arrested for a parole violation by being in Las Vegas.

The rest of the team silently go their separate ways one-by-one. Upon Danny’s release after serving time for his parole violation, he is met by 2 of his friends Rusty and Tess, and they drive off into the sunset.

This was a perfect movie using the art of deception.