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Runner Runner (2013)
A Princeton grad student finds himself caught between the FBI and a malevolent online gambling tycoon in this thriller from The Lincoln Lawyer director Brad Furman. A whiz at the virtual-poker table, bright young Ivy Leaguer Richie (Justin Timberlake) had nearly raised enough cash to pay his tuition when he lost it all in the blink of an eye.

Convinced that he's been cheated and determined to confront the swindler, Richie hops a plane to Costa Rica, and comes face-to-face with online gambling mogul Ivan Block (Ben Affleck), who introduces him to a world of wealth and privilege.

Meanwhile, the FBI has been watching Ivan, and attempts to strong-arm Richie into turning informant. With Richie's help they could bring Ivan's illegitimate empire crashing to the ground. But who's more dangerous, the entrepreneur who feeds his enemies to crocodiles, or the agents who seem like they're willing to break the law in order to uphold it?
Runner Runner
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Okay, not sure what happened here in this movie. It starts out fine with a believable premise that Richie has been taken by perverted software. Then it gets more intertwined with real life mimicking the fraudulent behaviour of the old Full Tilt affair. And then.... . It gets lost in a mire of underworld games and gangsters.

Ben Affleck plays his part well and Gemma Arterton doesn't but then she can appear anywhere and it will look better. They could have had something here but it did not work. Great Cinematography though with beautiful bodies everywhere. Sunday night film with a few beers. And by the way, Runner Runner refers to hitting case card and then case card to win in Texas Holdem.
Marks : 6/10
Director Brad Furman Ben Affleck Ivan Block
Producer Leonardo DiCaprio Justin Timberlake Richie Furst
Writing Brian Koppelman Gemma Arterton Rebecca Shafran
Cinematography Mauro Fiore Anthony Mackie Agent Shavers
Cert./Runtime 15 / 91 Michael Esper Billy 'Pet' Petricoff