2015 Movie Review - Wild Card


Category: Movies
Published Date Written by Jason Loo


Wild Card is can be a confusing movie. In terms of action, it has plenty. But the storyline is a mess.

The movie is set in the backdrop of Las Vegas with Nick Wild (Jason Statham) faking out a fight so the winner can impress a pretty girl, DD (Sofia Vergara). After that, he gets another job from millionaire Cyrus Kinnick (Micheal Angarano). He does a poor potrayal of a rich kid who employs Nick to "kill the fear that lives inside him". Nick brings Cyrus around some of the casinos but in the end ditches Cyrus.

The next day, out of the blue comes another pretty girl, Holly (Dominik Garcia-Lorido) who helped Nick when he was down and out. She has come to collect her debt from Nick. In the scene from the movie, we learnt she is dumped from a car in front of a hospital, beaten nearly half to death.

She slowly reveals to Nick who her assailant was and what he did to her. The villain in this movie is Mafioso Danny DeMarco (Milo Ventimiglia, from Hero fame). Holly wants revenge and Nick delivers it. He also manages to pick up $ 50k from DeMarco and shares it with Holly before she escapes Vegas.

This is when the movies shifts to Nick's compulsive uncontrollable gambling habit (what else do you expect in Vegas). He literally gambles big with the money he got from DeMarco and wins back more than three fold.

Until the final round of course where he loses all.... and also attacked by DeMarco's men in the casino.. This is when the action starts fast and he escapes literally unharmed.

Baby (Stanley Tucci), who is the crime boss of Vegas confronts Nick due to DeMarco's complaint that Nick killed two of his men. Baby eventually finds out the truth about what happened. Baby releases Nick and humiliates DeMarco.
Subsequently, Nick meets Cyrus in a diner for coffee but DeMarco and his men arrives to kill Nick. Cyrus provides a distraction for Nick to escape but this time Nick goes all out to kill DeMarco and his men.
In the end, Nick is given $500k from Cyrus and plane ticket. A reward from Cyrus and the end.
Watchability : 4 / 10 - doesn't really inspire any memorable moments. The only good thing is the action scenes where Nick fights with utensils or knife.
Cast :
Jason Statham     ...     Nick Wild
Michael Angarano...     Cyrus Kinnick
Dominik García-Lorido     ...     Holly
Hope Davis     ...     Cassandra
Milo Ventimiglia...     Danny DeMarco
Max Casella     ...     Osgood
Stanley Tucci     ...     Baby
Jason Alexander     ...     Pinky
Sofía Vergara     ...     DD
Anne Heche     ...     Roxy
François Vincentelli...     Benny
Chris Browning     ...     Tiel
Matthew Willig     ...     Kinlaw
Davenia McFadden...     Millicent
Michael Papajohn...     Pit Boss
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