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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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The story is as improbable as "monkeys flying out of my butt". Now, I like monkeys and I am not sure if my rear end could actually accommodate something like that.... well highly improbable.
Timberlake gets cheated online out of his tuition money and manages to get into the inner circle of the mega rich tycoon.. (see what I mean).
The actors are good, not just proficient. But the lack of a coherent movie idea makes this barely watchable. If you like these types of star vehicles, watch it. Otherwise, watch the subtitled version of "Amores Perros"
The movie moved too quickly into the plot without enough setup to understand the motivations of the characters and without explaining, for example, how Timberlake's character was so easily given an intvitaiton to the big party while others were rejected.
The Carribbean setting was beautiful and the portrayal of the opulence the high rollers enjoyed made you wish you could live that life for just one day (or a 1000 days).
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.
The only thing I didn't like was that the movie takes place in Costa Rica and JT and Ben were getting a hard on of some white chick with a pretty smile and some brains with nothing on top or in the back, she was a seven at best. Hello did you forget you are in Costa Rica and you are millionaires! The curvy tanned Costa Rican women did nothing to you 2 white boys? In a movie that was showcasing life in excess, all of a sudden plain Jane was the lust object? not believable.
Not much interaction with the locals, the food, the culture, beach... nothing. Didn't notice Costa Rica, it felt more like they were in Vegas with an Ocean's 12 kinda feel.
Nonetheless, I gave it a 5 for the plot and character development.
Decent slow afternoon adult entertainment.