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Runner Runner [Blu-ray]
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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.
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.Read more ›
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 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.Read more ›
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I like all of the actors in this movie, however the movie was terrible. I couldn't get hooked. Disappointing and confusing.Published 2 months ago by Bri
Great movie! I thought I wouldn't like it because it had to do with gambling, but I was rather impressed!Published 4 months ago by Jessica Dinella
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