“Two For the Money” which was originally released in 2002 stars two Hollywood A-listers, Al Pacino and Matthew Mc Conaughey. Mc Conaughey plays the role of Brandon Lang a college quarterback whose career is prematurely ended after he suffers a serious injury, whilst Al Pacino plays the role of Walter Abrams a successful businessman who is in charge of a lucrative gambling operation. In “Two For the Money”, Lang discovers that he has a knack for picking the result of football matches, which attracts the attention of Abrams.
Abrams quickly takes Lang under his wing and flies Lang to New York, to help him make winning bets. However after Lang starts to struggle and finds that his luck is turning, Abrams turns on his protegee. Which results in the two former allies becoming rivals, who will do anything to outdo each others success. Caught in the middle of the two men’s rivalry is Abram’s wife, who is played by Renee Russo, who takes an instant shine to Lang. If Renee Russo’s name sounds familiar, you may have seen Russo act in “The Thomas Crown Affair”, “Thor” or “The Intern”.
The clear star of “Two For the Money” is definitely Al Pacino who is entirely believable as a successful egomaniac who is caught up in the dangerous world of gambling. In fact, while Abrams successfully runs a gambling business, Abrams himself is a recovering gambling addict. If you’ve ever been curious about the fast-paced world of sports betting sites and how individuals get hooked into the dark world of gambling, you’ll definitely find “Two For the Money” highly entertaining!
Mc Conaughey also puts in a solid performance as Lang and realistically plays an ex-athlete who is looking to obtain a life full of glitz and glamor off the football field. If you’re a Matthew Mc Conaughey fan who hasn’t watched some of his breakout roles, “Two For the Money”, is definitely worth watching as Mc Conaughey performance offers charm in spades.
Other Hollywood stars who add their weight to “Two For the Money” include Jeremy Piven who is known for his success in “Entourage” and Jaime King, who is best known for her performances in “Sin City” and “Pearl Harbor”. While King and Piven’s roles are minor both actors give solid performances.
“Two For the Money” is definitely well worth watching if you love fast-paced dramas which keep you guessing as it boasts so many twists and turns that you’ll find yourself literally sitting on the edge of your seat. So if you’re looking to watch a film which doesn’t follow the traditional Hollywood formula and which will surprise you as much as it will entertain you, it’s definitely well worth watching “Two For the Money”.
So if you’re a fan of either Al Pacino or Matthew Mc Conaughey or enjoy fast-paced dramas, it’s definitely well worth adding “Two For the Money” to your list of movies to watch in the near future. As you simply can’t go wrong watching such a thought-provoking and entertaining drama!