The Card Player (2004) | Dario Argento’s flawed giallo for the digital age

The Card Player (2004)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.

The Card Player (2004)

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.

The Card Player (2004)

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.

The Card Player (2004)

The Card Player is available on DVD from Arrow Films in the UK, and also screens on The Horror Channel (Sky 319, Virgin 149, Freesat 138) with the next showing on Wednesday 23 April at 10.55pm



About Peter Fuller

Peter Fuller is an award-winning print, radio and television journalist and producer, with over 30 years experience covering film and television, with a special interest in world cinema and popular culture. He is a leading expert on the life and career of Vincent Price and actively promotes the actor's legacy through publications, websites and special events.

Posted on April 23, 2014, in Horror, Might See, Might See, Might-See, Thriller and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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