Mississippi Grind (2015)
The great Ben Mendelsohn is a small town Gambler. A Cardhound with a Dirty shirt and a Wallet that goes from full to empty in seconds. Things aren’t going his way but when he meets the handsome and the charming charismaball Ryan Reynolds they team up on a road trip to New Orleans deciding to hit, and clean out hit every Gambling joint on the Mississippi as they go. What could go wrong for these new firm friends?
We’ve all seen high roller films like 21 and seen the glitzy glamorous side of things in Casino and Oceans Eleven. This is Gambling from the Schlubby angle. Normal guys with addiction problems that make appalling decisions. Their plight is a pathetic rollercoaster determined entirely by fate - they make decisions based on whether the next Bloke that walls out of the toilet has glasses on or not, when Mendelsohn wins and each way bet he isn’t happy that he has won, he’s upset he didn’t maximise his win.
I really enjoyed this, the on off chemistry between our two leads jumps from the screen. Mendelsohn is one of my favourite actors working today and his character in particular is doomed, this film checks out on a reasonable high for him but his future is entirely hopeless. Reynolds on he other hand might see the light at the end of the tunnel…. but probably not.
A good movie with a superb Blues soundtrack.
“Do you know how to get a sweet, little, old lady to yell Go fuck yourself?”
“Peru. I’m off to Peru!”