No one has ever thought that a casino movie would get a real life produced version. But now that it has, it’s become a huge hit. And why not? There is something about casino movies that gets people on the edge of their seats.
The casino movie is one of those genres that you either love or hate. Some like the gambling, some hate the greed, but all in all they are just another notch on the list of things that make movies entertaining. In the case of “Mafia Wars”, which was released in 2021, I actually grew up with playing the slots and other casino games. So getting to see Joseph Donne playing in Las Vegas with the “infamous” Lauryn Trotter and Donny Deino, the mobster boss, was a real life experience for me. The whole thing was very cool.
But did you know that the casino movie came about because someone got tired of seeing all the good movies that were made about real life people having to go from one casino to another in search of rarer and much sought after prizes? That is how “Mafia Wars” came about. Someone wanted to do something similar. They couldn’t just make a casino movie in Las Vegas, they had to use a location in Las Vegas, so that it would make sense to have people say things like “I can suck up to these guys in Vegas” or “The food in Vegas is unbelievable”.
Now the real life version of this is something that makes everybody who watches it get a little bit more excited. Instead of having Donny Deino and Lauryn Trotter walking into a casino to play roulette and have the mobsters jump all over them, they are instead walking into a real life office, and Nicky Santoro is their boss. It’s almost like they are dressing the part, except that instead of being a born casino executive they are a born real life executive, but with the attitude of a casino executive. They even have their own posh little office, complete with a secretary, a filing cabinet and a receptionist.
They are also introduced to some of the other players in the game, which adds to the entertainment value. When Nicky and his team see some locals eating a mysterious blue cigar that smells just like an cigar made by Dom Perignon, they decide to investigate. It turns out that the local was selling the drugs that is powering the entire casino, and they are able to foil the dealer and save the casino from total destruction, thus becoming one of the best actors in the film for a role that was totally unreal.
“Mafia Wars” is very funny for such a small role. However, it is a testament to the amazing work ofwriter Steve Sainer, who wrote the screenplay along with his frequent partner Brad Lewis. The two of them know exactly what they are doing, and this is why their movie will be remembered for its quality. No one onscreen is going to be compared to Robert Duvall or Mickey Rourke, but they will all be remembered for bringing unique characters to life. That is why making a movie can be considered an art form, whether it is a true story, a movie version of a true story, or a modern take on a true story.