Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Poker Night

Crime thriller/mystery fans, take note.  This is a must see.

Told over multiple timelines, a new police detective battles wits with a masked serial rapist, interspersed with a poker game where older, wiser detectives all take turns sharing their greatest cases.  But will their imparted wisdom help him when he needs it most?  Both timelines are equally engaging, and the non-linear storytelling adds complexity to keep you thoroughly enthralled, just the right amount of confused, and guessing right up until the last frame.  And along with a terrific supporting cast of character actors including Ron Perlman, Giancarlo Esposito, Titus Welliver, and Ron Eldard, this is an easy recommendation for fans of the genre.  See it now on Video on Demand, DVD, and Blu-Ray.

Grade: A

Who is this movie for?   Don't be misled by the cheesy movie poster or the lack of marketing and notoriety.  Poker Night is a first rate thriller/mystery worthy of a cult following, particularly for those who adore cool, stylish cinema like Boondock Saints and The Usual Suspects.

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