Saturday, April 29, 2006

True Story with a Great Performance

by Richard Kwietniowski

Owning Mahowny is based on the true story of a man who took money from the bank where he worked to support his gambling addiction. It’s an interesting story, but in the film adaptation it’s just ok. What really saves the film and makes it worth watching is Philip Seymour Hoffman, who gives a fantastic performance (once again) along with John Hurt in a great supporting role. But overall it’s a film that never really takes off, it’s technically competent and there isn’t anything really wrong with it, but the only amazing thing is Hoffman as the man who we watch as his luck runs out.

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