For many people around the world, movies offer a much needed escape from the daily grind. Movies can be a great way to learn more about different cultures and lifestyles, as well as take us on wild rides into fictional worlds that we might not otherwise experience. As the film industry continues to grow and evolve, so do the types of films that are made. From romantic comedies to horror and action movies, there are more options than ever for the modern viewer.

Casino, directed by Martin Scorsese, is no exception. The movie lays bare the intricate web of mafia corruption that was centered in Las Vegas, with tendrils reaching into politicians, Teamsters unions, Chicago mob and Midwest mafia. It also reveals how large gambling corporations took over Vegas, minting billions of dollars in the process.

The movie is an epic history lesson on the infamous city, highlighting its past ties to organized crime and how it has evolved into the gambling mecca that it is today. Casino is one of the most violent movies that Scorsese has ever made, but he does not use it for shock value or style; rather, it reflects the truth about how violent and brutal life is in the gambling industry.

Casino is a riveting drama that never lags or loses its focus even at nearly three hours long. Its sweeping story is enthralling from start to finish, and the cinematography is as flawless as anything that Scorsese has ever done.