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Synopsis:When a Las Vegas bodyguard with lethal skills and a gambling problem gets in trouble with the mob, he has one last play...and it's all or nothing.
Wild Card (2015) is an American action crime thriller that is based on the William Goldman novel Heat (1985) and is a remake of Wild Cards (1986). Director Simon West (Con Air (1997), The Expendables 2 (2012), Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001), The Mechanic (2011)) did an excellent job executing this movie and surpassed my expectations. The movie contains sexual references, nudity, bad language, extreme violence, intense fighting scenes, suspense and not much blood.
Wild Cards revolves around Nick Wild (Jason Statham - The Transporter (2002), Crank (2006), Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998), Snatch (2000)) who is a recovering gambling addict. Nick needs money to support his addiction and accepts a job that gave us one awesome action filled movie. Cyrus Kinnick (Michael Angarano - Almost Famous (2000), Sky High (2005), Red State (2011), The Forbidden Kingdom (2008)) is a millionaire that hired Nick to be his bodyguard and show him around Las Vegas. Holly (Dominik García-Lorido - City Island (2009), The Lost City (2005), Magic City Memoirs (2011)) called Nick for his help in finding three men that raped and beat her at The Golden Hotel. She wants Nick to find them so that she can sue them but in actuality, she wants them to die. Nick found out that gangster Danny DeMarco ( Milo Ventimiglia - Rocky Balboa (2006), Heroes (2006), Pathology (2008), That’s My Boy (2012)) and his guys raped Holly. Nick then went to their room and confronted Danny, which lead him to tying up Danny and his men. Holly took $50,000 from Danny’s desk after Danny pleaded for his life. Holly then gave Nick half of the money and left Las Vegas. Nick, of course, gambled the money and won $506,000 but shortly lost all of it. After a few scenes, mafia boss, Baby ( Stanley Tucci - The Hunger Games (2012), Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014), The Devil Wears Prada (2006), The Terminal (2004)) told Nick that he will have him killed for killing two of Danny’s men. Nick then told him that Danny killed his own men because they saw him pleading for his life. Nick proved to Baby that he was telling the truth by telling him that Holly had cut the side of Danny’s p***is with a garden shear. Danny was asked by Baby to pull his pants down, but he refused, and Nick won. The feud did not end there. Watch the movie to see the showdown.
Wild Cards was an enjoyable watch that I will show to guest. The actors all did a phenomenal job. Cinematographer Shelly Johnson made this film stand out with her skills. I gave this movie a seven because it is not an original storyline, and it has been done many times before, but it has enough to stand alone and shine by itself from others.
About Wild Card 2015
Original Title: Heat
Runtime: 92 minutes
Genre: Thriller, Drama, Action, Crime
Total Avg. Votes: 15
Writers: William Goldman
Director: Simon West