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e fire Risk does not al­ways equal re­ward for this un­nec­es­sar­ily ob­tuse re­make of the 1974 James Caan-star­ring drama about a com­pul­sive gam­bler with a seem­ing death wish. Mark Wahlberg takes the lead for this in­ter­mit­tently in­trigu­ing re­make, play­ing a once-af­flu­ent col­lege pro­fes­sor with a quar­ter-mil­lion-dollar bet­ting debt. While the cen­tral char­ac­ter ob­vi­ously has a de­bil­i­tat­ing ad­dic­tion that could end his life, the film strug­gles to get you wor­ry­ing for his wel­fare.

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