The Card Counter

The Card Counter ★★½

Self indulgent vapid film that does not know tonally if it wants to be a thriller or uninspired character study that stretches itself to the realm of Joker. It is a screenplay that meanders quite a bit with few interesting characters who breach into caricature like qualities. The awkward dialogue and pacing of the film carries the entire mood of the film down to a faux profoundness. Oscar Isaac handled the muddled screenplay well but his energy cannot keep up with the bombastic lifeless atmosphere Schrader attempts to convey.