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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.