Everybody who watches movies must have come across this phenomenon at least once. A movie that you want to turn off because it is not really good, but can’t because you just want to know how it ends. It is almost as if you are under some kind of spell that prevents you from finding the stop button on your remote. Poker Night is one of those movies.
In Poker Night we follow a young rookie cop, Stan Jeter, who has just recently been promoted to detective. He is invited to a night of poker by his fellow colleagues, all of them veterans on the job. During the night all of the veterans share a story of something that happened to them during the job. The stories are meant to impare their experience and wisdom to young Jeter, thus preparing him better for the tough life ahead on the job. When Stan get’s himself kidnapped along with a young girl by a deranged killer, he will need to think back on all those words of wisdom. Will it be enough to let him escape, save the girl and bring the killer to justice though….?
Poker Night has a lot of good things going for it. There are some very decent actors in it, most notably Ron Perlman and Giancarlo Esposito. The atmosphere in the movie is very dark and the camera work is also done very well. Even the story is not half bad. However, even though the movie starts of pretty good, it quickly spirals out of control. The story is told throughout a series of flashbacks, which can be entertaining when done right. There are so many flashbacks in the movie though that it is at times hard to follow exactly where you are. Also there are some pretty weird scenes in it, which makes you wonder if you are watching another movie alltogether when these scenes appear.
As there also a lot of tense moments, and the story still has enough twists in it to make you wonder how it ends, that is what i meant by saying it is hard to turn it off. As soon as the end credits roll, you get this feeling you are somehow cheated, even though you can’t quite put a finger on it. I really wanted to like this movie, and at certain times i most certainly did, all in all though the bad moments just outweigh the good ones.
If you love good thriller movies, there are most certainly better ones out there than this one. If you still want to give it try, you will probably find that in the end you have been cheated, just like in a bad game of poker.
I give this movie a 5 out of 10 score.