Against All Odds -- **1/2 (out of 5) (1984)
Cast: Jeff Bridges, Rachel Ward, James Woods, Alex Karras, Jane Greer
Directed By Taylor Hackford
A down and out football player gets waived by his team and financial troubles force him to accept a deal from a powerful bookie to find his lost girlfriend hiding out somewhere in Mexico. However, the plot thickens when the he finds her and they end up starting a romantic affair of their own, much to the dismay of the bookie and her wealthy and powerful parents.
AGAINST ALL ODDS is an interesting but ultimately flawed remake of the film noir classic OUT OF THE PAST (which is paid homage to by casting the star of the original (Greer) as the mother). The film maintains a fair level of competence during the first half, then falters thereafter when the story becomes convoluted with subplots involving political affairs and illegal gambling operations. Bridges is terrific, but many of the supporting actors seem out of place, and Hackford's directorial style (or lack thereof) is in many places quite awkward. Somewhere among all this mish-mash of ideas is a good film, and it seems that film was the original noir gem.
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