People at a casino are, on the surface, a pretty diverse bunch. You’ve got your regulars strutting in with confidence and their wallets stuffed with cash, you’ve got the people trying to win back what they lost on their last round, and you’ve even got the ones just there to have some fun. Music blaring and coins clinking, it’s hard not to get lost in the good vibes.
But the truth is, there’s something dark and devious about casinos. They’re designed to trick you into spending more money than you planned. From the sounds and lights to the physical layout of a casino, every aspect of it is intended to encourage you to keep gambling even after your wallet’s empty.
Casino, starring Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci, is a gangster drama about Sam “Ace” Rothstein (De Niro) and his rise to power in Las Vegas’ organized crime world. It’s a lot better than Goodfellas, mainly because it has a more linear story and a plot that actually makes sense.
Casino also features a fantastic performance from Sharon Stone, as Ginger, a sexy and crazed casino floor employee who falls for Ace and becomes part of his world of corruption and violence. But even though she’s a nutty character, you can’t help but love her for it. She’s a woman who knows how to play the game, and it’s this side of the movie that makes it so memorable.