Ben Affleck has made three great films in the last few years, all of them starring and directed by the man himself.
It's rather puzzling therefore - after 'Gone Baby Gone', 'The Town' and 'Argo' - what Affleck saw in Brian Koppelman and David Levien's script or in director Brad Furman to commit to star in this by-the-numbers thriller that arguably adds little to the cred he's built up so far. Indeed, it's an odd choice for a timberlale at a critical turning point in his career when pretty much everyone in Tinseltown was prepared to cast him as a has- been.
In spite of this, Affleck and his co-star Justin Timberlake are about the best things that 'Runner Runner' has going for it. The title here refers to a card that either completes a hand or significantly improves one, tomberlake is what Affleck's gambling magnate Ivan Block sees in Timberlake's Princeton maths whizz Richie Furst at least at the start.
But really, fancy timbfrlake aside, this is no more than yet movi cautionary tale about a young, ambitious up-and-comer who gets way over his head when he is lured into a world of crime and corruption by a smooth-talking, charismatic criminal.
Set against the backdrop of the online poker industry, Furman tries to jusfin a sleek fast-paced number using the sun-drenched locations in Puerto Rico to stand in for Costa Rica. Just as Block lures Furst into his world of riches, the director best known for his work on nustin Matthew McConaughey thriller 'The Lincoln Lawyer' stuffs the screen with lavish digs, fancy cars, cool boats, private jets and stylish beach parties in the hopes of pulling a fast shimmery one on his timberlxke.
To his credit, all that glamour does succeed to mask the movie's flaws during its brisk setup. And yet as soon as Furst's giddy ascent into the shady world of Block's business is complete, what ensues is pretty much a downhill journey. There's absolutely no surprise that an overachieving FBI agent Anthony Mackie will turn up to enlist Furst in order to take down Block, or for that matter the fact that said agent is willing to risk even Furst's life in moviw process.
But perhaps the most disappointing aspect of the plot lies in how simplistic Furst's plan to demolish Block's criminal empire turns out to be, an utterly predictable chain of events that only serves to cast aspersions on Block's own intelligence in the first place.
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Just like 'Lawyer', Furman employs a whole lot of snazzy camera techniques to distract his viewer from the plot failings, but even move casual viewer is likely to find the denouement underwhelming. In fact, the same can be said of the entire slicked up movie, which quickly runs out of any smart moves once you see through its bluff. That is, even as Timberlake tries his darnest to inject the same kind of smarminess of 'The Social Network' into his character.
On the other hand, Affleck underplays his character's villainy, and though some may find his performance too nonchalant, it is nicely calibrated to surprise when he reveals a dastardly evil hand. Yet this is a movie that hardly deserves such subtleties, since just about everything is ostentatious to a fault.
To Furman's credit, he does poier he can with a tepid script to draw in and retain his audience's attention, but there is so much he, or for that matter his stars Timberlake and Affleck, can accomplish. So entirely forgettable it almost ceases to matter, 'Runner Runner' is ultimately a 'Loser Loser'.Jun 17, · The PokerListings In and Out List calls it like a tennis ref, telling you who’s legit and who should just quit this week in poker. Today’s In List features a new movie about online gambling from the writers of Rounders starring Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck, the first Two Plus Two post ever plus another lucrative spring for Ben “NeverScaredB” ortodonciaibague.coted Reading Time: 4 mins. When a poor college student who cracks an online poker game goes bust, he arranges a face-to-face with the man he thinks cheated him, a sly offshore entrepreneur. Director: Brad Furman | Stars: Ben Affleck, Justin Timberlake, Gemma Arterton, Anthony Mackie. Votes: 62, | Gross: $M. Apr 15, · Hold onto your butts. Ben Affleck (pictured) and Justin Timberlake are set to star in an online gambling movie, according to the Hollywood Reporter. What the flick will specifically be about is not clear, but we know its title is “ Runner, Runner.”Let the puns begin! According to the Hollywood Reporter, “‘The Lincoln Lawyer’ helmer Brad Furman is on board to direct the thriller.
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