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House always wins.....
on 30 May 2014
Richie is a student who's having trouble paying his tuition.
He helps other students who want to gamble online, but for a small fee. When he gambles online himself, he loses but believes he was cheated.
He goes to Costa Rica, where the site is generated from, and shows the owner, Ivan Block, proof that he was cheated.
Block then offers him a job which he takes, and begins to learn how he does business. But the FBI want to nail Block, and intimidate Richie to help them......
The structure for films like this are as old as the hills.
Good guy confronts a high powered businessman, said man offers big money, there's always a good looking girl involved, cops close in, businessman tries to frame good guy, and so on.
When you watch this film, you could be forgiven with thinking that the makers have completely ripped off Wall Street, because the narrative flows in the same way that movie did, Guy thinks he's made it, but his world comes slowly crashing.
Even the dad's get involved in both movies.
To criticise this movie would be too easy, it's been done hundreds of times before, much better, but for a piece of fluff movie, with nice locations, and good looking people, you could do a lot worse.
Timberlake isn't the best actor in the world, but he can hold his own, and he has decent chemistry with Arterton, who is really just there as a plot point to get Richie and Ivan in some sort of subliminal feud.
If you thought Affleck was great in movies such as Paycheck (which he obviously did this movie for), Gigli, and Deception, you've got him back here.
He's phoning it in, and you know he just took the part for the money, and the holiday.
Mackie is the best thing here, bringing a little tension and humour to a stale narrative.
It's a dud, for sure, but it's a guilty pleasure.
Take a gamble.