After seven years of solitary confinement, gambler Jake Green is out of jail, having taken the fall for his boss. Doing time has taken him inward; he has been shown the game and how to win it. He has one final lesson when he turns up in Vegas looking to exact revenge on his perceived enemy, the corrupt casino boss, Macha. Mr. Green still believes that “cash is king” and that having money and power is winning. The Spirit must reach us wherever we believe we are. This is the story of redemption through the exaggerated filter of gangster respect and fear. Here at a gross level can the game of human life truly be seen.
Everything we do is motivated to maintain a facade, a self-concept. That is why we stay in terrible jobs or in bad relationships. We desire to be right about who we believe we are; we stay “for that slap on the back” that says that you are a good guy, a good gangster, a good father. The greatest con that the ego ever pulled was making you believe that he is you, that his thoughts and feelings are yours.
We do not always recognize our mighty companions when they show up; Avi and Zach teach Jake that he is still in prison and that it is his mind that needs to be freed from the game. In the truly practical application of the principles he has learned, they lead him through a series of assignments designed to flush the ego (Mr. Gold) fully into awareness. Mr. Green must give all to have all. And in a truly magnificent elevator scene he recognizes that the voice of fear is not his real identity. Now truly released in a state of forgiveness, nothing can touch him.
Movies are an excellent way to watch your mind, to pay attention to your emotions, and to help you discover your unconscious beliefs.
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