Rated: R for language and some sexual content. Reviewed by: Dave Release date: October 4, 2013 Released by: Twentieth Century Fox
Runner Runner crashes and burns immediately after takeoff. Justin Timberlake's performance as (Richie First) is akin to watching paint dry. In what amounts to a really bad film, Ben Affleck (Ivan Block), is the only bright spot. Unfortunately, he was far more effective in similar character roles, such as 2000's Boiler Room or 2009's State Of Play. Gemma Arterton (Rebecca Shafran) provides the requisite eye-candy, dividing her loyalties between Affleck and Timberlake.
Runner, resembles a conglomeration of so many other previous movies. I wasn't sure what I was watching. Nothing is original here. Every film concerning students looking to make some quick cash, criminal masterminds, illegal gambling, ponzi schemes, offshore bank accounts, F.B.I. investigators, family members held hostage, the double-double cross, etc. etc, etc. is overtly sampled.
Exploring an evil online gambling empire in Costa Rica just plain dulls the senses. A TRULY AUTHENTIC UN-THRILLING THRILLER.
Run Far, Far Away from Runner Runner as quickly as possible.