Jim Bennett (Academy Award-nominee Mark Wahlberg) is a risk taker. Both an English professor and a high-stakes gambler, Bennett bets it all when he borrows from a gangster (Michael Kenneth Williams) and offers his own life as collateral. Always one stepahead, Bennett pits his creditor against the operator of a gambling ring (Alvin Ing) and leaves his dysfunctional relationship with his wealthy mother (Academy Award-winner Jessica Lange) in his wake. He plays both sides, immersing himself in an illicit,underground world while garnering the attention of Frank (John Goodman), a loan shark with a paternal interest in Bennetts future. As his relationship with a student (Brie Larson) deepens, Bennett must take the ultimate risk for a second chance.
Disaffected Los Angeles lit professor Jim Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) doesn't get his biggest charge from a good novel, but from frequenting the city's network of underground casinos. However, when his insatiable need for action lands him a quarter of a million dollars in the hole, finding an out before the bookies find him might be his biggest gamble. Gritty redo of the 1974 James Caan opus co-stars Brie Larson, Michael Kenneth Williams, John Goodman, and Jessica Lange. 110 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English DTS HD 5.1 Master Audio, Dolby Digital 5.1, DVS, French Dolby Digital 5.1, Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English (SDH), French, Portuguese, Spanish; featurettes; deleted scenes; extended scenes. Two-disc set.