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Runner Runner

By AP KRYZA
Runner Runner exists in an alternate reality where everybody speaks in gambling metaphors (“you've always got one more card to play”), hot college students stop midparty to gather excitedly around a computer to watch a dude play online poker for a few hours, and it's possible for a kid with zero dollars in his bank account to hop instantly on a flight to Costa Rica. In this alternate universe, Ben Affleck never matured past his meatheaded douchebag persona—here, he plays a corrupt video-poker tycoon who smirks and lumbers around like the cocky high-school bully he played in Dazed and Confused, but who somehow never learned anything about acting in the past 20 years. It is a world where Justin Timberlake loses all his considerable charisma despite playing Affleck's protégé, who is seduced by the glitz and glamor of the apparently super-sexy and enticing world of shady online poker. It’s a place where the great Anthony Mackie is suddenly the most cookie-cutter FBI agent ever committed to film, despite an excellent résumé that includes a stellar turn in The Hurt Locker. In this alternate reality, mouse clicks and Web searches are supposed to constitute white-knuckle action, and street chases are glossed over as boring. It is not a world worth visiting. Or, to use words its characters might more easily understand: Don't buy into this game. Or play your cards elsewhere. Or...whatever. This movie sucks.
 
  • Genres: Drama
  • Running Time: 91 minutes
  • Release Date: Friday, October 4, 2013
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English
  • MPAA Rating: R [ Language, Some Sexual Content ]
  • Critic's Score: D+
  • Starring: Ben Affleck [Ivan Block], Justin Timberlake [Richie Furst], Gemma Arterton [Rebecca Shafran], Anthony Mackie [Special Agent Shavers]
  • Directed by: Brad Furman [Director], Brian Koppelman [Screenwriter], David Levien [Screenwriter], Brian Koppelman [Producer], David Levien [Producer], Arnon Milchan [Producer], Jennifer Killoran [Producer], Leonardo DiCaprio [Producer], Michael Shamberg [Producer], Stacey Sher [Producer], Erik Holmberg [Executive Producer], Brad Weston [Executive Producer], Mauro Fiore [Cinematographer], Charisse Cardenas [Production Design], Jeff McEvoy [Film Editor], Christophe Beck [Original Music], Sophie de Rakoff [Costume Designer]
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