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Review: Don't Bet on This Oddly Lifeless 'Gambler' Remake

By Clip Syndicate
"If you're not a genius, don't bother," the English professor played by Mark Walhberg in "The Gambler" blithely tells his students. That should be one clue that you're not gonna like this guy. But there's a bigger problem with that line, because it inadvertently makes us think: If you're not doing a genius remake of an old movie, why bother? Director Rupert Wyatt's new version of the 1974 drama that starred James Caan as a self-destructive gambler lacks the bite and heft of the first.

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