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Runner, Runner [Blu-ray]
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A young college graduate faces some difficult choices in this thriller set in the world of online gambling. When Ritchie (Justin Timberlake) is cheated out of the money he had earmarked for his tuition fees on an online poker game, he sets out for Costa Rica to confront the site's owner, ruthless gambling tycoon Ivan Block (Ben Affleck). It's not long, however, before Ritchie, seduced by the promise of untold wealth and status, is lured into becoming Ivan's protégé and right-hand man. But when the FBI, in the shape of hard-bitten agent Shavers (Anthony Mackie), pressures him into helping to bring Ivan's empire down, Ritchie finds himself between a rock and a hard place, forcing him to use all of his wits and cunning to stay alive.
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Latterly this military recruitment tactic seemed to have fallen out of favour, but it might be back: Ben Affleck’s new movie Runner Runner plays so moralistically as a lecture against the evils of online gaming you have to wonder whether FBI’s Cybercrime Fraud folk didn’t have a stake – excuse the pun.
Subtext: online gaming can corrupt innocent and brilliant minds all too easily.
In Runner Runner, the possessor of said innocent and brilliant mind is a chap whom we note, with some irony, made his name corrupting them: Justin Timberlake. His character is Ted, or Fred, or Jack – not 20 minutes after the credits rolled I honestly can’t remember – a wily Princeton brainbox, already in penury for inciting games of chance amongst his college buddies, and about to get in a bit deeper when he starts mixing it with Mr Big on a Carribean Island.
Oddly, Timberlake has transmogrified himself from jailbait sex magnet into a faintly oatmealish actor (if Affleck is Theodore Logan, Timberlake is William S.Read more ›
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.
You see, Furst runs off to Costa Rica to confront the owner of the website face to face. He knows Ivan Block in incredibly hard to get to but figures it's worth a try anyway because he's desperate. Even though it's stated that Ivan Block is hard to get to, Richie seems to manage it with very little trouble at all. Playing Ivan Block is Ben Affleck who has had a bit of a bad run of acting jobs in the past few years. However, I quite liked him in this role for the most part. He plays a character that is quite smarmy and slick, who knows that he can do pretty much whatever he wants. Affleck acts cool, calm and collected for the most part but is also able to lose his temper and show the meaner, more devious side to him when he needs to. Even though he did a good job, there are loads of actors who could probably have done better.
Justin Timberlake hasn't had that many roles since hitting the film business but he does always manage to switch it up a little bit. In Runner, Runner Timberlake plays main character Richie Furst. I found Timberlake to be absolutely fantastic in this film.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fast paced movie, but speed of story prevents character development. Ok to watch on lazy sofa day.Published 2 months ago by RyanP
A tidy little action film and overall nothing fundamentaly wrong with it. However the implementation of the plot feels rather matter-of-fact in parts and could use a little more... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Stormchaser86
I ran out of movies to watch so I decided to give this film a try and give Justin Timberlake the benefit of doubt but, alas, he's still a terrible actor and I only managed to watch... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer