Starring: Justin Timberlake, Ben Affleck, Gemma Arterton, Anthony Mackie, John Heard
Directed by: Brad Furman
Synopsis: When a poor college student who cracks an online poker tournament goes bust, he arranges a face-to-face with the man he thinks cheated him, a sly offshore entrepreneur.
I think you may have to like gambling to like this film more than I did. I think you have to think gambling is edgy or cool perhaps? It is kind of hinted that it is both, when in reality I’m not sure it is. OK, so maybe in James Bond it is, or The Sting perhaps. But online gambling? Nah! Sorry.
Runner Runner is sort of a gambling mans Social Network. It’s mildly entertaining in a completely average way. After all Ben Affleck’s good work over the last few years it looks like he took the pay check on this one. Both he and Trousersnake do an OK job, although I must admit the script did get a bit messy towards the end. And the trouble is, because it was a film about online gamblers I never felt Affleck was much of a menace as the ‘bad’ guy. Sure he became a bit of a Bond villain for five minutes, but mainly he was just some rich businessman acting up.
Overall I wouldn’t give this one too much consideration, it was instantly forgettable and if it weren’t for its male leads, you probably wouldn’t have even heard of it.