Review 'Casino Jack': 'Two Jews On Film' Get Political On This One (Video)
'Casino Jack' directed by the late George Hickenlooper (Man From Elysian Fields) is the saga of Jack Abramoff (Kevin Spacey) the DC lobbyist who pulled off one of the biggest scams ever, with the help of his surfer dude sidekick Michael Scanlon (Barry Pepper) Together they managed to dupe several Indian tribes out of millions in gambling revenue. 'Casino Jack' shows a man, Abramoff, that is hell bent on acquiring all that the good life has to offer. He plays the same game as the highest of rollers and resorts to awe-inspiring levels of conning, scheming and fraudulent antics to build an empire of not only enormous wealth, but influence over some of Washington's most powerful man during the 1990's and early 2000. Abramoff, an orthodox Jew had lots of help. Besides Scanlon, he hooked up with Adam Kidan (Jon Lovitz) a mobbed up ex mattress salesman, disbarred lawyer who puts together an off shore floating casino deal. The film is filled with humor, mafia assassins, murder and scandal but most of all, 'Casino Jack' is the story of greed and hubris. Kevin Spacey captures Abramoff's complex character, brilliantly. Abramoff was a showman, who could spin stories and have you believing anything he said. He was a master magician of the worst kind. Kelly Preston does an excellent job as Abramoff's devoted wife, Pam. To this day she stands by her husband. 'Casino Jack' lays bare the wild excesses and escapades of Abramoff and his partner Scanlon but it's also a great commentary on everything that is wrong in Washington then and now. 'The Two Jews On Film' give a high bagel count to this one.
Opens in theaters Friday December 17, 2010.
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