There’s something inherently cinematic with the act of counting cards at a casino. While most games are based on luck, you can actually win big at Blackjack if you play your cards right (no pun intended). It’s likely why numerous films have come out over the years about talented individuals who know how to rig the system to their favor, like “Rain Man,” “21,” and “The Last Casino.” Now, “The Card Counter,” starring Oscar Isaac, is about to join that list.
Less than two months before the film’s supposed to make its debut at the Venice Film Festival, we finally have our best look yet at the upcoming drama. Focus Features just released the trailer, and it looks like Isaac’s troubled protagonist is front and center. He has a mysterious past that allowed him to become proficient at counting cards, and now that he’s out in the free world, he can use his talents to make a lot of money. An impressive supporting cast backs up the actor with Tiffany Haddish, Willem Dafoe, and Tye Sheridan.
It looks like an exciting indie feature with some standout performances, particularly from Tiffany Haddish. She may mostly be known for her comedic turns, but between this and “The Kitchen,” she seems to be making a move toward more serious fare. That’s not the only reason to get excited for “The Card Counter.”