Thriller Drama Crime - This is a thriller aimed at an adult audience. While centering
around poker, it's not really about the game at all. Fans of Justin
Timberlake and Ben Affleck should enjoy, while Gemma Arterton's role
isn't as prominent as the advertising suggests. Constant language
plus some sex and violence makes the film not for kids.
PROFANITY: Over 30 F-words; 28 S-words; a number of others. SEX/NUDITY: Brief sex with related nudity. VIOLENCE: Beatings with blood. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco. ACTION: A chase. COMEDY: Some comic lines.
OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 58 moviegoers:
CHILDREN: One loved "Runner Runner" and two enjoyed it very much, rating it above average.
TEENS: Two of the five females loved it, two rated it above average and one felt it was just an average movie.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: One male loved it, three rated it above average and two rated it just average. Two females loved "Runner Runner," one rated it above average but three (half) only felt it was an average movie.
ADULTS: The male and female reviews are very similar. Approximately a third loved "Runner Runner." About another third rated it above average, which indicates they enjoyed the movie very much. Unfortunately, the final third, or so, only felt it was an average movie, which is a little disappointing, but not bad.
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.
Richie is chasing a new version of the American dream: easy, instant and limitless wealth. Once on the Wall Street fast track, Richie lost everything when the market crashed and is now starting over, hustling his way through graduate school. After being cheated by an online gambling site and watching his tuition money disappear, Richie flies to Costa Rica to confront the gambling legend behind the site: Ivan Block.
Block is impressed by Richie's savvy and takes the younger man under his wing, promising to show Richie the ropes. Soon thereafter, Richie falls for Block's associate -- sophisticated COO Rebecca Shafran (Gemma Arterton) -- and he embraces a world that sees all of his fantasies come to life. But Richie soon learns that Block is wanted for racketeering, extortion and bribery, and that FBI Special Agent Shavers (Anthony Mackie) is obsessed with bringing Block and his associates to justice. Block decides to pull up stakes and leave Richie behind as the fall guy.
With Shavers closing in, Richie must figure out a way to stay a step ahead of Block and Shavers -- or risk a future behind bars.