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The real questions are: Who the bleep is Mick Rossi? And how the bleep did he ending starring in four films? Because he absolutely sucks bollocks as a lead actor.
I'll tell you why.
My guess, and based on two suckfest flicks I've screened, because he paid for them.
Seriously. If you look at his IMDb Profile and/or do any kind of net search - you come up with nada.
I've met self-aborbed fools like this before. Too rich and too conceited to ever believe anything but their version of the truth, like: You're too old. You're not particularly memorable looking. And oh yeah, you can't act for bleep.
My own particular brand of pretentious braggart experience was a Wall Street guy who was convinced he knew how to run a club/restaurant which folded in less than 8 months - and only because he poured money into it the last six before realizing it died two weeks after the opening.
Does that stop them? Nope.
Now, typically these poseurs tend to serve their narcissism by being the "executive producer" - which allows them entré into Hollywood and the beautiful people; and where he gets to shine his knob on some wannabe actresses. That would be typical.
But oh no, not Mr. Mick Rossi. No, he has to *star* in his movies. (cue The Gloria Swanson's closeup in 'Sunset Boulevard')
This is why you never ever let the rich do anything 'cept pay for the damn film. Let them hang out with some babes, give them a posh seat with their name stenciled on the back, and let them lounge in a comfy trailer. But never ever let them talk you into starring in a film - not ever - for any amount of money.Read more ›
It felt quite formulaic, and is not in the same league as films like Snatch, Heist, Usual Suspects, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, etc.
Fortunately I saw it on TV and didn't spend any money on it. It wasn't so bad that I turned it off, but it's far from being a good movie. I finished watching since I did like some of the actors (if not always the acting).
The movie felt like a school project that could have been polished into a decent film.
Some movies are meant to be watched again and again (e.g., The Godfather, Pulp Fiction, The Usual Suspects, etc.). In the case of Played, once is more than enough. 2-stars is a generous rating.
A supposed gangster movie that takes place in England, but it sure didn't feel like it. None of the characters were convincing in their aggression or ruthlessness, and the acting skills were some of the weakest performances you will ever see.
As far as suspense goes, yes, there was some of that. Not that it was enough to save the pitiful storytelling of course.
The camera angles were nice. I'll give the film a little credit for *that* at least. It really captured the rundown back streets where much of the film took place. Of course it was probably the low budget production that mainly contributed to the atmosphere, but at least there *was* an atmosphere.
Val Kilmer's character was a letdown. Usually he saves otherwise atrocious storylines, but not this time. His character wasn't enough to save a miserable storyline.
Played just didn't do enough to win me over. In fact it didn't even attempt to win me over. It just dragged on and on trying to tell a story, but it wasn't enough to save me from the eventual boredom. A stronger story was definitely needed. I recommend completely skipping this one.
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Terrible film! A total waste of time. Should have heeded the reviewers. But was "conned" thinking it could not possibly be that awful with Gabriel Byrne, Val Kilmer &... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Tuk&Mink
Mick Rossi, a guitarist, has made two great films: this one and 2:22. The actors, story development, suspense and criminal underworld plot are as believable as any Godfather or... Read morePublished on November 10, 2013 by Chedda'Cheeze
I started out Thinking this movie was gonna be your typical gangster romp. But, was happy to find out otherwise.Published on July 9, 2013 by Sonny
SUPERB CAST - GREAT PLOT - VAL KILMER & VINNIE JONES WERE UNBELIVABLE _ STEVE JONES (Sex Pistols) SHOULD TAKE UP ACTING FULL TIME AS SHOULD THE PRODUCERS WHO WERE IN IT. Read morePublished on May 24, 2013 by Hugo Rincewind