Good Performance, Bad Movie

Purchased a used dvd of
Owning Mahowny at the friendly neighborhood supermarket for $5 on the principle that it would cost me about that just to rent it. Decent cast really: Philip Seymour Hoffman, John Hurt, and Minnie Driver. It’s based on the true story of a Toronto banker who managed to embezzled millions of dollars from his place of employment in order to finance his gambling addiction.

The acting isn’t the problem. Philip Seymour Hoffman is one of those actors who always turns in an excellent performance; John Hurt can do no wrong in my book; and Minnie Driver, while not at that level of talent, is very good at what she does.

The difficulty is that this is a less than gripping film. The plot just isn’t . . . well to quote Gertrude Stein, “there’s no there there.”

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