9 Feb 2020

Uncut Gems [2019] [West] [USA] [Plot & Sinopsis]

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Uncut Gems [2019] [West] [USA] [Plot & Sinopsis]
"Uncut Gems is a 2019 American crime thriller film directed by Josh and Benny Safdie, who co-wrote the screenplay with Ronald Bronstein. The film stars Adam Sandler, Kevin Garnett, Lakeith Stanfield, Julia Fox, Idina Menzel, and Eric Bogosian. Sandler plays Howard Ratner, a Jewish jeweler and gambling addict in New York City's Diamond District, who must retrieve an expensive gem he purchased to pay off his debts. Filming took place from September to November 2018. The original score was composed by Daniel Lopatin.

Uncut Gems had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival on August 30, 2019. It entered into a limited release in the United States on December 13, 2019, before a wide release on December 25, by A24. The film received critical acclaim, with its screenplay, direction, editing, Sandler's performance and Darius Khondji's cinematography receiving much of the praise, and was chosen by the National Board of Review as one of the top ten films of 2019, with Sandler also winning Best Actor. It became one of A24's highest-grossing releases, having made $48.6 million."

Plot and Sinopsis:

"In 2010, Ethiopian Jewish miners retrieve a rare black opal from the Webo mine in Africa. In 2012, gambling addict Howard Ratner runs a jewelry store in New York's Diamond District. He struggles to pay off gambling debts, including the $100,000 he owes to his loan shark brother-in-law Arno. His domestic life is split between his estranged wife Dinah, who has agreed to divorce him after Passover, and his mistress Julia, who works at his store.

Basketball player Kevin Garnett visits the shop. Howard has ordered the Ethiopian opal and plans to auction it for an estimated price of $1,000,000. He shows the opal to Garnett, who becomes obsessed with it, insisting on holding onto it for good luck at his game that night. Howard reluctantly agrees, accepting Garnett's NBA championship ring as collateral.

Howard pawns the ring and places a bet on Garnett playing extraordinarily well in that night’s game. Howard wins the lucrative bet, but is ambushed at his daughter's school play by Arno and his bodyguards, Phil and Nico. Arno reveals that he placed a stop on Howard’s bet, as it was made with money owed to him. Phil and Nico strip Howard naked and lock him in the trunk of his car, forcing him to call Dinah for help.

Howard calls his employee Demany, who is at a party hosted by the Weeknd. Demany reveals that Garnett still has the opal. When he finds Julia and the Weeknd together in a nightclub bathroom, Howard demands that she leaves his apartment. After an awkward Passover dinner, Howard asks Dinah to take him back, but she insults him.

Garnett returns the opal and offers to purchase it for $175,000, but Howard refuses, given the substantially larger appraisal. Just before the auction starts, Howard discovers the opal has been appraised for significantly less than his estimate. He convinces his father-in-law, Gooey, to bid on the gem to drive up the price, but the plan backfires when Garnett bows out early and Gooey wins. Arno, Phil, and Nico confront Howard outside the auction house and assault him. At the shop, Julia finds Howard sobbing, and they repair their relationship.

Howard is informed that Garnett still wishes to purchase the opal. As soon as Garnett buys it, Howard decides to bet all the money on Garnett's game that night. He has Julia board a helicopter to Mohegan Sun, narrowly escaping Arno, Phil and Nico, who have come to collect. The thugs threaten Howard, but he refuses to call Julia to cancel the bet. The three attempt to pursue her, but Howard locks them in the store mantrap. Howard and the group watch the game on TV, and Howard wins over $1.2 million.

Howard frees the trio from the mantrap. Phil, enraged, shoots him dead. Arno protests and tries to escape, but Phil kills him too. Julia leaves Mohegan Sun with the winnings, while Phil and Nico loot the store."

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