Runner Runner [Blu-ray] [Import]
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Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck star in this high-stakes crime thriller where the lure of easy money is the riskiest bet of all. When Princeton grad student Richie Furst (Timberlake) believes hes been swindled by an online poker site, he heads to Costa Rica to confront gambling tycoon Ivan Block (Affleck), the man he thinks is responsible. But Richie will soon face the ultimate power play as he finds himself caught between Blocks promises of unlimited wealth and the zealous FBI agent (Anthony Mackie) trying to bring him down.""
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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.
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.