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New Movie Review

"Runner Runner"

Thriller, Drama. Rated R. 1 hour, 31 minutes.

Photo by Twentieth Century Fox

Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake in Twentieth Century Fox's "Runner Runner" - 2013

 

by Gloria Rzucidlo
gloria1025@yahoo.com

 

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Justin Timberlake stars as Richie Furst who attends Princeton University and finds that he is unable to pay his tuition next week. He has done on-line gambling to pay for his tuition so far.

As he tries to lure college students to sign up for on-line gambling, he gets a commission, until he gets called into the Dean's office and is reprimanded that he stop it or get kicked out of school. Well with one final gamble of all of his savings, $17,000, he gambles it all and loses. He discovers he had been swindled and decides to find the man that took his money and get it back.

Richie flies to Costa Rica and confronts Ivan Block (Ben Affleck) personally to tell him his story. Ivan is impressed with his creativity of keeping the news private and offers him a deal. He gives him the money back that he lost and offers him seven figures in the first month to join his team and eight figures in three months. Hmmm.......what do you think Richie decides to do?

With a chance to party with the super rich and an interest in Ivan's girlfriend Gemma Arterton (Rebecca), he takes the job. He eventually gets kidnapped by the FBI (agent Shavers played by Anthony Mackie) and is told that the Block's operation is shady and crooked. Furst eventually realizes this and things start to go very badly.

Now he's gambling with his life, and the tables are turned. Does he get out alive? You'll have to see the movie to find out.

I thought the chemistry between Affleck and Timberlake was unusual. It was not one of Affleck's best performances, he was too slow to react in some areas. He didn't seem the mean and conniving guy he was supposed to be. Timberlake got beat up because of Block but he also didn't get as angry as he should have gotten. It was also hard to connect the gambling world with the characters. So I thought the movie was ok, but not great.

OVERALL RATING: C

 


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