'Even Money: Special Edition' [Blu-ray]
(Kim Basinger, Nick Cannon, Danny DeVito, Kelsey Grammer, Carla Gugino, et al / Blu-ray / NR / (2006) 2020 / MVD Visual)
Overview: Struggling writer Kate (Kim Basinger) loses her family's savings at a casino; a washed-up magician (Danny Devito) tries to help Carol regain her money; Clyde (Forest Whitaker) owes so much money to his dangerous bookie (Jay Mohr) that he asks his NBA-destined nephew (Nick Cannon) to throw the game.
Also starring Kelsey Grammer, Tim Roth, Ray Liotta and Carla Gugino, 'Even Money' is a cautionary thriller about addiction and deception that hits a jackpot of suspense.
Blu-ray Verdict: 'Even Money' follows a theme that many are seeming to tackle lately. That of intertwined actions from inter-related characters resulting in one climactic reaction. 'Crash' mastered this superbly only two years earlier and then came 'Even Money.'
Lined up with a commendable list of actors, 'Even Money' sets out to prove something from the start. Based around a theme of gambling addiction and its consequences, 'Even Money' definitely delivers where it matters.
Everyone plays their part effortlessly but some obviously stand out more than others. After disappearing into the world of direction, Danny Devito reappears as a failed magician still holding onto his dream.
His character offers moments of comic relief and utter charm. Tim Roth is impeccable as Victor, the second-hand man to mysterious Ivan. But it is that of Forest Whitaker who absolutely shines once again in this film, showing that there is no role he cannot hold.
While the acting for the most part is truly fierce, and the mood is alive with all the happenings of a gritty urban underworld, 'Even Money' feels like it tries just a bit too hard, or possibly, not enough, in making the character's stories interweave and you can see it a mile away.
But even with that, it is much more about the emotions portrayed through those lasts scenes and the impact they have. 'Even Money' is a dramatic and powerful attempt at a new 'Crash' and achieves a definite amount of success. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the main feature
Audio: English 5.1 Surround
English and Spanish Subtitles
Original Theatrical Trailer (HD, 2:30)
'Even Money: Special Edition' [Blu-ray] is out April 14th, 2020 via MVD Visual.
'Even Money' Trailer