There are other surprises, too, a lot of them, each with its explanation, usually accompanied by an explanation of the previous explanation, which now has to be re-explained in light of the new explanation. I wish I'd had a stopwatch, to clock how many minutes are spent while one character holds a gun to another character's head and gabs. Soon they make wild and passionate love, which inevitably involves knocking things over and falling out of bed and continuing on the floor. Ashley's brother Gabriel Sinise heads a gang of scummy gunrunners who think Rudy used to work in an Indian casino in upstate Michigan--because, of course, they think Rudy is Nick, and that's what Nick told Ashley about himself. After the setup, it consists mostly of characters explaining their actions to one another.
They all got a lot of 'splainin' to do. You'd think if people were that much into sex, they'd pay more attention to what they were doing. But I fear it is essentially serious, or as serious as such goofiness can be. Theron's character looks soft and sweet sometimes, then hard and cruel other times, switching back and forth so often I commend her for not just passing a hand up and down in front of her face: smile, frown, smile, frown. When Rudy Is released the next day from prison he recognizes Ashley waiting outside the prison for Nick and Rudy takes his place and pretends to be Nick. Gabriel and his gang try to squeeze info about the casino's security setup out of Rudy, who says he isn't Nick, and then says he is Nick after all, and then says he isn't, and has so many reasons for each of his answers that Gabriel gets very confused, and keeps deciding to kill him, and deciding not to kill him, and deciding to kill him after all, until both characters seem stuck in a time loop.
It opens in prison, with cell mates Rudy and Nick. Club members also get access to our members-only section on RogerEbert. The movie's weakness is mostly in its ludicrous screenplay by. After being imprisoned for six years on a grand theft auto charge, Rudy Duncan Ben Affleck is days away from release as is his cellmate Nick James Frain who is is serving a two year sentence on a separate charge. His cell wall is plastered with photos that make her look like a model for cosmetics ads.
Affleck and Theron soldier through changes of pace so absurd it takes superb control to keep straight faces. Advertisement But then I am not giving away as much as it seems, or perhaps even what it seems , Nick is knifed in a prison brawl, and when Rudy walks out of prison and lays eyes on Ashley--well, what would you do? It stars Ben Affleck, Gary Sinise, Charlize Theron. The director, , is expert at moving the action along and doing what can be done with scenes with which hardly anything can be done. Then there's a major reality shift, and perhaps you'd better stop reading if you don't want to know that. Things don't go as planned with a number of plot twists and double crosses. Rudy is looking forward to returning to his family and having a fresh cup of hot chocolate.
Nick had spoken of his previous employment in security with an Indian casino and Rudy finds himself involved with Ashley's criminal gun runner brother Gabriel Gary Sinise. That would explain the title, and the sequence where the casino, which looks like a former Target store, is stuck up by five Santas. . The Ebert Club is our hand-picked selection of content for Ebert fans. Perhaps the movie was originally intended to open at Christmas. But nothing can explain the upbeat final scene, in which, after blood seeps into the Michigan snow, we get a fit of Robin Hood sentimentality. Both are about to be set free.
The film's content : After assuming his dead cellmate's identity to get with his girlfriend, an ex-con finds himself the reluctant participant in a casino heist. Nick is killed defending Rudy during a prison riot. You will receive a weekly newsletter full of movie-related tidbits, articles, trailers, even the occasional streamable movie. Rudy is violently coerced to cooperate with a Christmas Eve casino robbery scheme that Gabriel and his gang have been planning with Nick's casino knowledge as the key. Reindeer Games is an Action, Adventure, Crime film directed by John Frankenheimer and written by Ehren Kruger. Nick has a number of pictures from a romantic correspondence with a woman named Ashley he has never met but is waiting for his release. Nick has engaged in a steamy correspondence with Ashley Theron , one of those women who have long-distance romances with convicts.
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