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Runner Runner (Bilingual) [Blu-ray + DVD]

Justin Timberlake    Blu-ray
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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3.0 out of 5 stars good, but not great Jan. 19 2014
By Sheilah HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
I saw this on the plane, so I cannot really comment on how great the graphics might have been, however, this isn't a movie that draws audiences based on amazing visuals and action, so I don't think seeing it on a small screen swayed my opinion in anyway.

I thought that this would be a great movie going in, Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake, I mean... Ben Affleck usually appears in sold movies.

The overall problem with this movie is that I couldn't get into it. I tried really hard, but the dialogue and pace of the movie just kept losing me. I could easily see how this movie might have been great, but I think the way it was cut actually caused it to be just okay. I cannot fault the acting, as I found them believable in their roles, but for all the side characters in the movie, they didn't build them up enough, and then all of a sudden these side characters were extremely relevant, this made it hard to follow along.

The script was lacking, and although there were some good scenes and some good lines, overall it just didn't command the power and prescence you would expect from such big names in the movie. I found this very disappointing, because beyond Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck, my favourite up and comer actress (Gemma Arterton) was in the movie, and I keep hoping for her to get a great movie to launch her career... this unfortunately wasn't it.

Should you buy? no
Should you watch? maybe... it's not a horrible movie, but there are many others I would watch first.
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars SUPER RICH WORKS FOR ME Nov. 7 2013
By The Movie Guy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Ritchie (Justin Timberlake) is a student at Princeton. He goes on line and gambles away his tuition money, and afterwards realizes that unlicensed off shore on line gambling web sites are dishonest. GOSH! Richie gathers the statistical evidence and travels to paradise to meet up with Ivan Block (Ben Affleck) the owner of the web site. Block recognizes Richie's genius and invites him in for a big slice of the pie. Richie recruits some of his nerd friends to help him out. About 30 minutes into the story the FBI (Anthony Mackie) confronts Richie and wants him to be an informant...or else he can never go back to New Jersey and maybe New York. Richie is faced with a dilemma of being super rich in paradise with Ivan's girlfriend Gemma Arterton clinging to him or Newark. Oh what to do, what to do.

No one plays for free.

The film is mostly a light action drama. Timberlake and Affleck looked good on the screen and tried to give some life to a tired script but only succeeded in appearing unconvincing in their roles, especially Affleck. The dialog had some good lines, but needed more. It wasn't a film that I could get into. I couldn't help think about "21" which is a far better gambling film.

When you play against a computer designed to take your money, it isn't gambling.

Works as a rental.

Parental Guide: F-bomb. Implied sex. No nudity.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Affleck outshines Timberlake in generic flick, 'Runner Runner' Oct. 5 2013
By FNDNreview - Published on Amazon.com
Justin Timberlake is the best well-rounded entertainer in the world. Love him or hate him, he's the closest thing to this generation's version of Michael Jackson. Odds are, you have some kind of firm opinion of his music, and regardless of that opinion he's still a massive moneymaking machine. His fans are loyal and no doubt enthusiastic about his recent return to music, but the gap between his albums is due largely to his ambition to become a serious actor. Even though Timberlake is no Jamie Foxx, he's still a relatively accomplished actor - starring several memorable roles, including The Social Network, Friends with Benefits, and In Time. Obvious, some of his films are better than others, but he still appears to improve from role to role, forcing many people to wonder if his future is in movies or music. In any event, Timberlake is back with yet another flick, starring opposite Ben Affleck, in the drama, Runner Runner.

Directed by Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer), Runner Runner stars Justin Timberlake as Richie Furst, a bright young Princeton student that turns to online gaming to help pay the bills for his expensive tuition. In the process of attempting to win money in an online poker game, he discovers he's being cheated by one of the world's most lucrative gambling websites. Furst makes his way to Costa Rica, where the site's owner, Ivan Block (Ben Affleck), runs the site. Impressed with his ambition, Block hires Furst to bring in new clientele and make some serious money. However, Furst is quickly approached by an FBI agent named Shavers (Anthony Mackie), telling him that if he continues down a dark path of working for Block, he will be banned from returning to the United States. And, to make matters worse, Block appears to have a hidden agenda and secret plans of his own for Furst. Gemma Arterton and John Heard also star in supporting roles.

To be honest, Runner Runner is not a bad film - it's simply an outdated film that would have been far more successful if it was released in the 1990s. This film features a plot that is so painfully repetitive that not even George Clooney, Brad Pitt, or Robert Downey Jr. could save it from a trajectory of failure. Easily comparable to films like Paranoia, 21, and Rounders, Runner Runner's plot can't be considered as anything other than generic. Very little about this story is fresh, and it suffers mightily from the same predictability of similar films - which is perfectly evident with the recent release of Paranoia, which was unsurprisingly ignored by moviegoers. The plot goes something like this... A blurry-eyed main character sees the forbidden fruit dangling from a tree branch, grabs it, and takes a bit - unaware that it's nothing more than poison. Quickly, the character realizes he's a puppet in someone else's "game," and must do their bidding until he's able to figure a way out of a dire predicament.

Sadly, this is far from Justin Timberlake's best work. He portrays a smart guy from Princeton that basically has all the necessary tools an individual needs to be successful, but instead, he is easily fooled and essentially bought off with the promise of fortune. In a perfect world, Timberlake's character would have most likely taken his knowledge of fraud to the police, which would have given him 15 minutes of fame, followed by all sorts of potential employment opportunities. However, his character takes a patsy's job working for a blacklisted man of stature - who basically only has days until he's busted by some sort of law enforcement division. As they say, "there's a sucker born every minute," and in this particular case, it's Timberlake's character, not to mention Justin Timberlake himself for taking such a two dimensional role.

While Timberlake flounders about with a poorly constructed character, Ben Affleck easily outshines his co-star, playing the calculating villain, Ivan Block. Affleck's character is just about as interesting as Timberlake's, but at least Affleck gives this film a bit of mystery and class. To say Affleck is a pleasure to watch is a bit redundant at this point, but it's impossible not to appreciate his impressive run in acting - which does also include his role in Runner Runner. His recent work in Argo and The Town has been some of the most enjoyable roles of his career, and unless you live under a rock - you've probably heard he's going to be the next Batman. Still, Affleck is a bit of an ambitious choice for a playboy villain, but he's surprising effective in this role, which should give some doubters a great deal of hope for his potential as playboy billionaire, Bruce Wayne. Regardless, it's absolutely no surprise that Affleck owns this film, and as well he should. He's an acclaimed actor in a role that he's probably too miniscule for him at this point in his career.

Overall, Runner Runner simply suffers from the over abuse of a tired story. The characters could have used an overhaul to at least make them appear a bit more compelling, but in the end, there's nothing about this film that isn't offered by network television. Justin Timberlake should have stayed in the music studio instead of taking this role, while Ben Affleck shortchanged himself by playing second fiddle to a former member of `N SYNC. However, despite the enormous shortcomings, this lackluster thriller (which forgot to bring the thrills) manages to pass as an acceptable means of entertainment - clocking in at a mere 90 minutes. For Timberlake or Affleck fans, this film will be acceptable, but for anyone looking for a meaningful plot or ambitious film, feel free to wait until you've exhausted your choices to watch this expendable feature.

GRADE: C-
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable, literally Dec 31 2013
By Rashid Kerns - Published on Amazon.com
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I can't believe I spent 14.99 to watch this movie. Justin Timberlake is like a robot with no soul in this movie. He knows everything, he's like a computer and knows all the angles, lol. He spends his whole bank roll on one online poker game, but is some how able to fly to Costa Rica to met the Boss of the online gambling company... yeah right! Then the boss brings him in to make millions, just like in real life, lol. The movie is shot in HD, but when you get to the Costa Rica scenes it looks like it was filmed with a cell phone camera. I stopped watching it half way through.
21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars awkward Dec 25 2013
By JG - Published on Amazon.com
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Awkwardly paced, terrible dialogue, disappointing especially based on the cast. Didn't even want to finish it. Wishing I could return it.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fear the conscience of a magical unicorn Oct. 4 2013
By C. Sawin - Published on Amazon.com
You should know going in that "Runner Runner" is not a good film no matter how you try to look at it. The most enjoyable aspect of the film is going into it thinking it's rated PG-13 and then being pleasantly surprised that it's actually rated R. Despite its rating, the film feels like a completely saturated version of the genre counterparts it likely borrows from. Films like "The Sting," "Casino," and "Ocean's Eleven." "Runner Runner" is like a tasteless alcoholic concoction that no amount of shaking or stirring could possibly add any sort of flavor to.

Justin Timberlake can't seem to catch a break when it comes to acting. He may be a part of projects that initially have potential, but nothing has really gained any steam other than his performance in "The Social Network." "Runner Runner" is no different. While Timberlake is at the front of the pack, you never really seem to care how Richie's life ends up during the film. Most of that blame can be placed on the writers as Timberlake seems to do the best with what's in front of him, but if you're carrying a film it's your job to make the audience interested. You're the face on promotional material, you're the one doing every press junket, and the film's success will likely hinder on your performance. Timberlake does seem to have natural charisma, but it's as if he's too lackadaisical to fully capitalize on it and most of the films he chooses to star in suffer because of it.

The film mostly feels like a never ending string of F-words thanks to Ben Affleck. When you first see Ivan Block, he's indirectly offering some elderly clients fellatio from his masseuse in order to smooth over a transaction. The character is very stereotypical after that; a kingpin who never lifts a finger since the entire island is on his pay roll. Gemma Arterton seems much more animated than some of her previous performances. She actually smiles at times and cries at one point. Anthony Mackie is the most passionate of the cast, but he also feels the most one-dimensional. An FBI agent who bends the rules and yells obscenities doesn't exactly add a whole lot of depth. The biggest issue is when any of these actors get together in one scene, you don't feel anything. There's no excitement or connection. Everything feels so flat and thrown together.

The crocodiles in the film are only featured in two scenes, but they're two of the best scenes in the film. They even bring out the best in Affleck's performance, so naturally they tend to somehow outshine everyone in the cast. The dialogue gets noticeably immature at times with the word "hoss" being thrown around infrequently and women being called magical unicorns. Certain things don't really add up either. Richie bets his life savings and loses it all at the start of the film. If he did that, then how in the world did he get to Costa Rica? After being confronted by Agent Shavers (Mackie), Richie discusses the abduction with Ivan who seems to know all about Shavers' antics. So why would a forced picture with the FBI agent be any sort of leverage later on in the film?

"Runner Runner" may feature a recognizable cast, but it doesn't do the film any good. There's no on-screen chemistry, no performance provokes any sort of emotional investment into any of the characters, and you can literally see where the film is going as soon as Richie Furst heads to Costa Rica. Absolutely lackluster during its best moments, "Runner Runner" is a lifeless dramatic crime thriller that is never able to wake up from hibernation.
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