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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.
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SheilahHALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Jan. 19 2014
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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