Runner Runner (2013)


Starring: Ben Affleck, Justin Timberlake, Gemma Arterton, Anthony Mackie

Plot: Richie Furst (Timberlake), a college student who pays for school through online gambling, is emptied out and is believed to be swindled by an online mastermind, Ivan Block (Affleck). So he travels to Costa Rica to confront Block, but is instead persuaded to join Block’s team. Of course, it wouldn’t be a film if the feds didn’t somehow get involved and the “life of luxury” was jeopardized.

Rating: 6/10

Overall: Not bad for the type of film it represented. You have the typical kingpin with a manipulative, narcissistic and greedy personality who is in deep shit with authorities. So when the perfect opportunity like a young, smart and charming businessman like Richie (Timberlake) who comes waltzing into the picture, swooning over your leading lady and partner in crime, of course it becomes your mission to make him do all the dirty work just to screw him over in the end. I think films like 21 and Now You See Me have much better twists, plot and character development than this one. Though, I give Timberlake major props for his acting talent, honestly. Not bad, but not great.


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