Genre : Crime/Thriller
Justin Timberlake : Richie Furst
Ben Affleck : Ivan Block
Gemma Arterton : Rebecca Shafran
Princeton grad student Richie, believing he's been swindled, travels to
Costa Rica to confront online gambling tycoon Ivan Block. Richie is
seduced by Block's promise of immense wealth, until he learns the
disturbing truth about his benefactor. When the FBI tries to coerce
Richie to help bring down Block, Richie faces his biggest gamble ever:
attempting to outmaneuver the two forces closing in on him.
"That little voice in the back of your head right now, it's not conscience, it's fear."
Besides the fact
that "Runner Runner" is a poker term , and you’ll see Timberlake play
online poker for a night, there won’t be anything anymore related to a poker
game in this movie. So don’t
expect a movie like "Rounders". "Runner
Runner" is about managing an online gambling site on the Internet , the
immense amount of money that is earned by the website owners and the fact that
there is fraud on a global scale. "Everybody
gambles !" is
the first thing Richie Furst ( Justin Timberlake ) says in this film . Whether
it’s on a gambling site or on the stock market , real money or fake money
somewhere on an online gaming site . Gambling became a
normal thing in our daily lives .
This movie is not a quality piece of work.It
is fairly predictable and full of imperfections in the script .The
only positive I saw were the two protagonists Affleck and Timberlake . Ben
Affleck is perfect for such a role as a clever, shrewd and dangerous criminal who
deceives everybody . At
least he’s doing better as in "Daredevil". That was a pathetic performance
super cool, but not cool enough to play a superhero.
Justin Timberlake is not a top actor , but he’s not that extremely bad. In
"In Time" I thought he was only mediocre. But
in "Trouble with the Curve" he delivered an excellent performance . In
this movie , he plays in a convincing way a rather intelligent university
student who already earned a lot on Wall Street in the past. Unfortunately,
he has lost a fortune there ( also not in a nice way apparently) and now he
tries to gain it back by gambling on a website of which he’s an "Affiliate".
normally he should know that this really is the worst solution . Luckily
he didn’t lose all his money so he still can book a ticket to Costa Rica. Now for some
no one would think about traveling to an exotic country to confront a gambling
kingpin with his loss. Second, that person won’t give in for such a tiny
unimportant person. And certainly not with only some dull statistics showing
that the pattern of a particular player deviates from a normal gambler. And
third, if that person would admit that something went wrong and afterwards offer
a very lucrative job, I would scratch my head and become really suspicious about
are a few questionable facts in this film , in my opinion .
Arterton again plays a stupid meaningless role in this movie. Just playing her
beautiful self once again. Her
makeup , hairstyle and feminine forms are the only thing you can look at admiringly.
"Runner Runner" is a mediocre crime with a few thrills on a beautiful
exotic location with a good looking cast, as well in performance as in appearance.
movie that’s not to boring but so meaningless that in a week you’re wondering
what it was about anyway.
My rating 6 /10
Links : IMDB
Labels: 6/10, Crime, Thriller