Ricky David's Last Gamble | Chicago Reader

Ricky David's Last Gamble

There isn't much to recommend in Tony Agnew's 31-minute drama, though as a student film (it earned the director an MFA from Columbia College) it's relatively sophisticated. Ricky David (Damien Lee), a southern teenager with a serious reading problem, has been expelled from school for stealing; shortly after pleading to be readmitted he beats up another student. Lee is handsome and sometimes forceful, but the choppy editing and nonlinear storytelling fail to penetrate Ricky's opaque psyche. Shot in Super-16 but shown here on video, the images seem geared to the textural and spatial qualities of celluloid and lose power from the lower-definition format.

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