Rounders capitalizes on this craze by being the perfect story for a poker fan to enjoy. It shows the highs and low of playing in the big-time (so big-time in fact, that almost all the games are played outside the realm of public knowledge - high-stakes underground games with scary guys).
Matt Damon and Edward Norton are two of my favorite actors, and seeing them play off each other in this movie is a lot of fun to watch. Matt Damn plays the main character, and we're able to see what kind of pressure one has to endure in order to truly be at the top of the game. We're also able to see the incredibly lows that allot to the dichotomy of the thrill.
I really enjoyed this movie, but I wonder how much of that has to do with the fact that I'm a big Texas Hold 'em fan. Admittedly, I'm one of those types of people who'll stop and watch a channel that happens to have people playing. There's just something fun and exciting about the idea that the game itself isn't necessarily won by any real methodology. It takes and incredibly amount of skill and wit to have any chance of being anyone. I think this movie helps demonstrate that.
Anyway, it's a fun movie to watch and it has both Matt Damon AND Edward Norton in it. What are you waiting for? Add it to your queue!
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