Casino – A Movie Review
Casinos are a place where champagne glasses clink and locals and tourists mix together in an upbeat atmosphere. People come here to gamble on a variety of games and try their luck at winning big. Although it is not always easy to win, most gamblers say that they like playing at casinos because it makes them feel more relaxed and is a great way to relieve stress. However, gambling can also lead to a sedentary lifestyle and increase the risk of obesity and other health issues.
While musical shows, lighted fountains and extravagant decor help draw in guests, the billions of dollars that casinos rake in every year would not exist without games of chance. Slot machines, blackjack, poker, roulette, baccarat and craps provide the vast majority of the profits for these businesses.
The casino business is a huge one and casinos have to spend a lot of money on security. This is because people have a tendency to cheat or steal in a casino setting. Casino security workers have to watch over each table, window and doorway with high-tech “eyes-in-the-sky” systems that can be adjusted to focus on suspicious patrons. Moreover, each table game has its own pit boss who watches over the players and catches any irregularities in betting patterns.
Unlike many movies that only show the good side of Vegas, Casino does a wonderful job of showcasing its past and present ties with organized crime. While the movie does not leave room for heroes, Robert De Niro’s performance as mobster Ginger McKenna and Joe Pesci’s Santoro are impressive. In addition, Sharon Stone’s performance as a blonde hustler is equally convincing.