The Card Player details
|Starring:||Stefania Rocca, Claudio Santamaria, Liam Cunningham|
The Card Player
|Run time:||1 hour 36 minutes|
|Rental release:||01 Dec 2004|
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From behind the handsBy FrankIV (534 reviews) from Cirencester, England , 05 Jan 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]It's good to see Argento back and on form with as nasty a little thriller as you could wish to see.
It's all plot-driven, so don't expect characterisation, but it belts along at quite a pace, the suspense is terrific and the forensic effects are suitably foul.
The best things about this film, as always with this director, are the set-piece suspense sequences and the fabulously insidious, creepy music - something of a trademark.
For those who like this sort of thing - you'll like this.
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Lacklustre Argento thriller-by-numbersBy Lawrence Conquest from siberia , 03 May 2005Dario Argento's latest film is by no means a complete disaster, but neither is it a great film - instead we have a competant but unremarkable thriller. The premise is relatively interesting - a serial killer kidnapps girls and plays online poker with the police investigators with the girls lives as the stake, killing them on webcam if he wins the game. Unfortunately the investigaton itslef - complete with such familiar scenes as the police trying to keep the killer talking long enough to track down their location, and a sound analayis yeilding a vital clue as to the killers whereabouts - fails to avoid the usual detective cliches. A couple of scenes seem as though they are going to enter the realms of the usual tense Argento highlight - specifically when the killer breaks into the detectives house, and when another detective stumbles onto the lair of the killer, but the film never really lifts itself above the pedestrian. The climax is also poor, with a laughable motivation for the killings and a cliched epilogue. There isn't even any over-the-top gore to save the film from mediocrity, with the killings being very restrained for Argento. All in all, a reasonable but very generic serial killer thriller - worth watching the once, but I cant imagine anyone wanting to see this formulaic film twice.
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Argento's Ace in the PackBy bluebilly from Essex , 23 Mar 2005Set in Rome, The Card Player tells the story of a sadistic serial Killer who likes to play interactive online poker with the Police whilst using kidnapped women as the stake. If he wins a hand, they lose a body part with the first to best of 5 meaning either death or release depending on who wins. The trouble is, this serial killer is a mean poker player and before you know it the Police have 3 dead bodies to deal with which leads them to seek an expert who can play the killer at his own game.
Those new to Italian horror maestro director Dario Argento will find it hard to get used to the rather amateur sounding dialogue which sounds like the actors are dubbed even though they are not. But if you can get past this, you will be rewarded with a tightly plotted, tense thriller full of Argento's trademark atmosphere, best illustrated by his use of unusual dramatic music and stylish set pieces.
It's not his best work (look no further than 'Suspiria' for that), but it's never boring and packs a punch right to the very end.
decent ArgentoBy David Lewin from Liverpool, England , 10 Feb 2005A decent film. Probably Darios best since 1987's Opera. Good storyline, decent acting, nice direction and an excellent soundtrack by Claudio Simonetti. A lot less gory than his older, better stuff but a good film nonetheless.
Low Budget ArgentoBy Andrew Newton from Kent , 01 Feb 2005Personally spoke to Luigi Cozzi about how disappointing this film and he explained that Dario Argento had a very low budget for it, bearing that in mind, the movie looks nice but just isnt classic Argento at all, he's currently trying to raise money to finish his 3 Mothers Trilogy though so thats definatly something to look forward to, in the mean time The Card Player is all we have!?!
A good startBy elm5 from Rothesay , 24 Jan 2005A good start, then the film got slower. Took a while to get into the film. I wouldn't watch again like you do with some films.