The Card Player (2004) | Dario Argento’s flawed giallo for the digital age
In Dario Argento’s The Card Player, Liam Cunningham (currently playing Davos Seaworth in TV’s Game of Thrones) plays disgraced Irish cop John Brennan who is sent to Rome to investigate the death of a British tourist at the hands of a serial killer who targets his victims via an online poker game.
Inspired by Fritz Lang’s 1930’s thrillers featuring his evil genius Dr Mabuse, The Card Player is a cat-and-mouse detective thriller in which Cunningham’s Brennan teams up with Italian detective Anna Mari (Stefania Rocca in the role originally devised for Argento’s daughter, Asia) to track down the killer. But when the duo are forced to play the game themselves, the stakes are raised even higher as the chief of police’s daughter is abducted and a connection is made between Anna and the fiendish Card Player.
Featuring a just-ok score from Claudio Simonetti, The Card Player was a brave, but flawed attempt by Argento to move away from grand excesses of his previous thrillers. It’s still got some his trademark motifs, but for me, it misses the mark.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eE9O1kAFSg0%5D
Posted on April 23, 2014, in Horror, Might See, Might See, Might-See, Thriller and tagged Arrow Films, Claudio Simonetti, Dario Argento, Game of Thrones, Liam Cunningham, Stefania Rocca, The Card Player, The Horror Channel. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.