The Card Counter [2021] – Oscar Isaac, Tiffany Haddish

The Card Counter

The Card Counter is not about counting cards, mainly. But Oscar Isaac’s performance will force you to watch this psychological drama all the way to the end.

Although the plot does seem to divert from the main story, the performances from the main cast steer it back to focus into an okay thriller. Starring Oscar Isaac and Tiffany Haddish, the movie uses the gambling and card counter setting to tell take us through a blistering thrill of moral dilemma and a hell of a study on how hard it is to forgive yourself.

Yes, some details could have been avoided to get a better story, but I totally understand why writer & director Paul Schrader used them. Every successful fiction is grounded in some sort of true event or reality. There’s so much going on beneath that fastidious facade that makes you lean in closer. Isaac is one of the most talented actors to break through in the last ten years, and he’s here to show you that he deserves the spotlight. Oscar Isaac is the sole reason I managed to finish watching this movie.

The Card Counter – Official Trailer
Should you watch it?

Even with a great cast and respected director, the slow and dreary Card Counter adds up to a disappointing psychological letdown. I didn’t expect what I saw, but I expected a better (better for the story) outcome.

Where can I watch it?

You can stream The Card Counter on Amazon Prime Video in Canada.