Runner Runner Reviews
It was released in Belgium, France and the Philippines on September 25, 2013, and in several other countries on the following days. It was released in the United States on October 4, 2013. Some parts of this narrative are based on the life of Nat Arem, a professional poker player and former accountant at Deloitte Touche who helped uncover cheating in online poker by using statistical methods to analyze thousands of games. The film received generally negative reviews from critics.
the whole cast is::
Justin Timberlake as Richie Furst
Ben Affleck as Ivan Block
Gemma Arterton as Rebecca Shafran
Anthony Mackie as Agent Shavers
Michael Esper as Billy "Pet" Petricoff
Oliver Cooper as Andrew Cronin
Christian George as Wilson
Yul Vazquez as Delegate Herrera
John Heard as Harry Furst
James Molina as Esteban
Louis Lombardi as Archie
Vincent Laresca as Sergeant Barrancas
Bernie O. Ramos Robledo as Handlebar Mustache
Sam Palladio as Shecky
David Costabile as Professor Hornstein
Jordan Beder as Paul Arnaud
Bob Gunton as Dean Alex Monroe
Ben Schwartz as Craig
Dayo Okeniyi as Lionel
I think that this is an alright movie 2 watch, it is nothing special 2 watch.......WARNING THIS MOVIE CONTAINS STROBE LIGHTNING EFFECTS THROUGHOUT SOME SCENES THROUGHOUT THIS MOVIE......it is nothing special 2 watch but it is an alright movie 2 watch.......
Justin Timberlake plays Richie Furst, a brilliant student in a master's mathematics program at Princeton. When his attempts to fund his education through online poker backfire, he gets desperate. Now, Richie isn't just your average gambler. He knows poker, and gambling runs in his family, as we understand when we meet Richie's father (John Heard). Richie uses his knowledge of gambling, mathematics and computers to gather proof that he was cheated. He flies to Costa Rica to confront the man behind the poker website in question - Ivan Block (Ben Affleck), an American entrepreneur who may or may not be a legitimate businessman.
Their encounter leads Ivan to hire Richie to help him run his website. Richie's good at it and it's a shortcut to everything he hoped his Ivy League education would bring him. Meanwhile, a relationship develops between Richie and Ivan's former lover, Rebecca (Gemma Arterton). Things are going swimmingly for Richie until Anthony Mackie's FBI Agent Shavers steps in and tries to threaten Richie into turning against his employer. Will he or won't he? Which of these characters are the criminals and which are just doing their jobs? The answers eventually reveal each character's true allegiances, just as Richie seems hopelessly boxed in on all sides.
This is an above-average thriller that keeps you guessing. Justin Timberlake has legitimate acting chops and it was fun to see Ben Affleck take on such a morally ambiguous character, and nice to see that he didn't overplay his hand. This movie is part "Ocean's 11" and part "The Firm", but still manages to feel original. The twists and turns are many, but allow the audience to keep up and enjoy getting the answers to those questions I mentioned earlier. "Runner Runner" isn't what I would call brilliant, but it's reasonably well-constructed and pretty entertaining. "B"