3 movies set in casinos that you should not miss | C’Mon Murcia

3 movies set in casinos that you should not miss

Gambling has always been a very popular pastime. The cinema has portrayed the world of casinos as a glamorous and elegant environment, where the cream of high society meet.

From Sean Connery to Matt Damon, many famous actors have made the audience dream of the most luxurious casinos in Las Vegas, Macao or Monte Carlo. The reality is that this hobby has always been reserved for wealthy people.

Although in recent years, thanks to the Internet, this has changed. Anyone can register at an online casino and play a few hands of blackjack, or a few games of roulette. And games are offered to suit all budgets. In addition, there are websites with comparators that allow you to analyze the features and promotions of each casino in seconds, to choose the best.

Another way to enjoy this exciting world is through the large number of films that have been filmed on the subject. Some of the most popular in recent times are:

21 Blackjack (2008, Robert Luketic)

This movie is inspired by real events. It tells the story of a group of students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) who developed a winning strategy for blackjack. During the 70s and 80s of the last century they toured several casinos in the United States amassing a fortune.

The group was led by a teacher (Kevin Spacey in the film) and recruited students with good performance in mathematics and statistics.

During the little more than two hours that this play lasts, we will see the rise and fall of a model student (played by Jim Sturgess), who tries to get funds to pay for a medical degree at Harvard.

Revolver (2005, Guy Ritchie)

Action film starring Jason Stathan and written by Luc Besson. It narrates the adventures of a hustler who discovers a mathematical formula to win in any game, while serving a sentence in jail.

When he comes out, he uses this ability to get revenge on the person who locked him up. It is about the owner of a casino (played by Ray Liotta) who sent him to prison using his money and his influence.

Philosophical reflections on the ego and human nature, references to the Kabbalah and codes taken from numerology are interspersed throughout the film. The plot can be dense at times and invites the viewer to draw their own conclusions.

Molly’s Game (2017, Aaron Sorkin)

Narrates the story of a professional skier (Jessica Chastain, in the movie) who is forced to retire due to injury. While working as a waitress, wondering what to do with her life, she meets a property developer who runs underground poker games for high-profile players. They gamble for large sums of money and leave hefty tips.

Little by little we will see how she becomes the host of the most important games. Holliwood actors, Wall Street investors and even members of the Russian mafia pass their tables. The problems come when she begins to be investigated by the FBI.


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