Cert: 15 Year: 2003 Length: 104 mins
Score: 70.3% Attendance: 158
John Hurt introduces one of his lesser known films. Philip Seymour Hoffman adds another great performance to his gallery in Owning Mahowny, an engrossing comedy-drama about the perils of compulsive gambling. As Toronto bank-loan manager Dan Mahowny, Hoffman brings fresh depth and tortured humanity to his portrayal of a man helplessly feeding his pathological need to gamble with millions in embezzled bank money - money he can't afford to lose. A delicate balance of humour, adrenaline, and escalating tension fuel this modern-day tale of obsession.
Thanks to Momentum.
The terrific concentration Hoffman brings to the part, his bi-play with Hurt, and the emerging presence of Driver as a woman whose love for a man remains undiminished go a long way to hold attention through a dauntingly elliptical plot.
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