Poker Face Explained: What’s Up With the Ending?

Review of the movie

2022 can hardly be called a good year for Russell Crowe. The actor has not starred in films of the rank of “Gladiator” or “Mind Games” for a long time, and all new films with his participation did not have universal recognition. Even at first glance, an innocent cameo in the fourth “Thor” looks humiliating for such a titan as Crowe. In “Pokerface”, in addition to the main role, he acted as a screenwriter and director. In the review below, we tell you why all the efforts of the famous actor turned out to be in vain.

“Pokerface” / Poker Face

Genre crime thriller
Directed by Russell Crowe
Starring Russell Crowe, Liam Hemsworth, Elsa Pataky, RZA, Matthew Nable
Premiere cinemas, digital services
Release year 2022
IMDb site

According to the plot, rich Jake Foley gathers his childhood friends at his luxurious estate for a night of poker with extremely high stakes. It was thanks to this game that the man was able to get rich. But soon everyone present learns that Jake is suffering from inoperable cancer, so he doesn’t have much time left to live. Because of this, the host arranged a surprise for his guests.

But that’s not all. In the middle of the card fun, three burglars break into the house, chief among whom is a very evil grandfather who looks suspiciously like Mel Gibson. Now the evening definitely stops being sad, and the heroes will have to face the criminals who are taking Jake’s wife and daughter hostage.

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First of all, it should be noted that “Pokerface” was conceived in the era of the pandemic by completely different people. But the circumstances turned out to be such that Russell Crowe almost had to save the project. He quickly rewrote the script, invited several stars and began directing the film on his own. Despite the fact that Crow already has directorial experience, such a quick production significantly affected the quality of the film.

The biggest problem with this thriller is its uncertainty and lack of intrigue. At first, it seems like a tape about an obsessed rich man who decided to test his old friends before his death. Then, with the appearance of robbers, the plot about the confrontation between good guys and bad guys begins. But it is performed at a completely primitive level.

“Pokerface” is not able to intrigue, capture, or make you sympathize with the characters. His story begins leisurely, but then it quickly picks up and jumps from one storyline to another. You get the feeling that you start watching a movie about one thing, and end it about something else.

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From the point of view of a spectacle, the creators also have nothing to offer. Of the local entertainment, the only thing memorable is a trip in several luxury cars, beautiful Australian landscapes and a wonderful evening dress with a deep neckline by Elsa Pataky. The antagonists do not make an impression either. They resemble the famous trio of thieves from classic Soviet comedies, because they behave, to put it mildly, not very professionally. Lzhegibson, who shouts a lot and thinks little, stands out especially for his stupidity.

Also, this thriller does not quite understand in which direction it should move. Before viewing, Pokerface was seen as a crime story with gambling in a plot similar to Affleck’s Blind Luck. It was also a far from outstanding project, by the way. But already while watching the film, it seems like a psychological drama, where each of the characters has a monologue in the form of a confession. And in the third act, a criminal thriller begins, with robbers, hostages and all that.

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But there is a good side to this story. And this is her modest one and a half hour timing. On the one hand, you don’t really have time to understand what’s going on, as the final credits begin. But at the same time, the tape has no chance of getting bored or annoying. It passes quickly and leaves nothing behind. Only a sad look at the portrait of Russell Crowe seems to symbolize all the hopelessness of this extremely unsuccessful idea.

Pros: rapidity of the story, good actors Cons: weak script, lack of intrigue and suspense, very little action, sharp transitions from one genre direction to another, lack of at least one interesting hero or villain, overall low ambition of the project Conclusion:

Pokerface” is a very apt name for this plot, because it perfectly characterizes the state of the viewer from watching it. Like the local protagonist, the film is doomed to a sad fate

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