Review: Mississippi Grind, 2015, dir. Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck


Mississippi Grind is a low-stakes movie about high-stakes people who flirt with life and death. Films about gamblers tend toward the tragic more often than they do the comedic (Ocean’s Elevenfilms notwithstanding), butMississippi Grind never quite imposes a sense of danger to its lead Gerry (Ben Mendelsohn), even when he receives text messages from a thug rummaging through his house and threatening to harm his cat. Gerry gets beaten up, beaten down, beaten side to side; his chum, Curtis (Ryan Reynolds), winds up on the receiving end of a fist far less often, but still goes out of his way to bloody his nose when occasion demands. When you’re a loser, injury might just be a part of your daily routine.” (Via Movie Mezzanine.)


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