Taking Chances 2009 - what if it worked the other way around?
Justin Long starred in the 2009 film called Taking Chances
, a story about two people defending their town’s heritage site from being rebuilt into an Indian-owned Casino. Chase Revere (Justin Long) is the self-appointed defender of their town’s historic battlefield and Lucy Shanks (Emmanuelle Chriqui) is his partner. Of course, both heroes prevailed in the end but what if the plot happened differently?
The reason why the local government wants to build a casino on top of the historical site is because it hopes to save its decaying local community through tourism, which seems pretty reasonable. Don’t get us wrong though. We’re not saying that destroying a national heritage is always a good thing. However, what good are national sites if the local community is deep in financial trouble?
Casinos earn a lot from their table games and slot machine services. According to The Examiner
, an average casino can earn up to $83 million a year in Las Vegas. So technically, gaming establishments are effective in boosting a town’s tourism. If the plan to build a casino in the town happened, it would be definitely in better shape than what it was in the first few frames of the movie.
But perhaps the reason why Chase decided to save the town, apart from the hopes of impressing Lucy and other things, is because he knows that casinos are transitioning from the brick-and-mortar setup into the digital age. Today, more and more developers are tapping into the potential of online gaming instead of releasing new titles regularly for actual gaming establishments. In an article by Alchemy Bet
, parent company of slot gaming host Pocket Fruity
, it was revealed that traditional slot machines are experiencing a few setbacks not only because of the advent of the Internet but also because of how gambling laws for slots have changed overtime. Maybe in the mind of Chase, it’s pointless to build a casino over a historical site when most people are now playing games at the comfort of their home.
In the end, Chase has a point in trying to preserve his town, seeing as most people today play casino games online. Adding to that, not only was the town's mayor corrupt, but the Native American investors also had their own ulterior motives hidden in the guise of building a casino. However, since the town was in very bad shape, perhaps Chase could’ve given the Native American investors a chance to construct the casino, and observe how things would go from there. After all, this paints the possibility of the town finally having its casino cash cow, and Chase chasing away the bad guys and finding new owners for the gaming establishment.