Plot: Princeton grad student Richie (Justin Timberlake), believing he's been swindled, travels to Costa Rica to confront online gambling tycoon Ivan Block (Ben Affleck). Richie is seduced by Block's promise of immense wealth, until he learns the disturbing truth about his benefactor. When the FBI tries to coerce Richie to help bring down Block, Richie faces his biggest gamble ever: attempting to outmaneuver the two forces closing in on him.
If all of Runner Runner was just Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake sitting on a swanky boat looking out at the blue waters, there could still be go...
If all of Runner Runner was just Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake sitting on a swanky boat looking out at the blue waters, there could still be good odds for the money DiCaprio put in. Unfortunately it doesn’t happen this way. No one wins. Not even the “house”.
Timberlake’s character Richie Furst has lost out on Wall Street once, and now he has just lost all of his tuition money on an online casino site. Rather than calling in all his bets, he decides to pursue the owner of the site (and various other gambling businesses) in Costa Rica and –no surprises here, for we have all seen it before, ends up becoming his protégé’ at poker parties that seem more like a preschooler’s idea of a pretty fun birthday party. Insert fire eaters and ferris wheels. If you are Evil Heartless Man’s (Ben Affleck plays Ivan Block) protégé, a natural career and character progression would be to romance your mentor’s girl and get arm twisted by the FBI to play for them. Tick box, Mr Furst.
Sadly this movie has none of the Kapoors to provide some distraction as the movie crawls to its predictable end.
It had Affleck and Timberlake. And they could have very well hedged their bets on having the two following my plot suggestion. But they didn’t. So what does one say? Just walk away from the table please.