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Runner Runner [Blu-ray]

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Princeton grad student Richie (Justin Timberlake), believing he's been swindled, travels to Costa Rica to confront online gambling tycoon Ivan Block (Ben Affleck). 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.

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  • Actors: Justin Timberlake, Ben Affleck, Anthony Mackie
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, AC-3, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS 5.1), French (DTS 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: January 7, 2014
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (390 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00GICP86A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,981 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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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.
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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.
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By BJay on December 29, 2013
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Not great....and I am a huge fan of each of these actors. Good story line but not enough investment/development in the characters to engage me in their world so I didn't care what happened. That seems like a director issue....
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By JG on December 25, 2013
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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.
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The acting was okay, but the characters weren't beleivable. None of their motives were made clear and their behavior was unbeleivable because you couldn't relate to them or understand their motives.

Who gambles away their tuition and then flies to South America to confront the head of an online gambling ring when be beleives he's been cheated based on some sketchy evidence produced by by some college friend who's a computer nerd?

I guess I just never found a reason to give a care about any of the characters in this movie.
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After all is said and done, once you have seen the story of someone (normally a young new star or starlet) character who has been duped or "whatever" into a life connected to something illegal (this particular film focuses on online gambling with Timberlake being the dupee and a heavier Affleck being the duper), you basically have seen them all. In summary this rendition of this hackneyed storyline shows no creativity on any front. For example, using alligators (or crocs) to threaten/devour the bad guys was much better done in Romancing the Stone.

The storyline is as above - drab.

The writing of the screenplay uses almost verbatim dialogue from earlier films following the same premise. After all, how many such stories can be going on at the same time?

It seems to me that Central and South American countries probably have movie company crews who go from one of these mirrored flics to the next. I suppose that the biggest fail would be when there are more than one such company making such a tired film that individual crew members become over-booked and must miss out on working on the next film with the next set of actors doing the same thing!

Whereas franchise films/stories at least try to keep the hype going for the audience between the first to the ad nauseam edition, producers, writers, directors and "actors" who repeat stories such as this film blatantly does, don't even have the decency to let the youthful audience know that, as they reach into your pocket to steal away with your hard-earned cash, you will eventually see this thing again and again in the future.
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