Written October 31, 2016
And broke even. Runner Runner is one of those movies that isn't bad, but isn't anything special either.
This movie doesn't deserve its R rating. It feels like it could easily be PG-13. It pulls no punches whatsoever. The story seems both far fetched and credible at the same time. There are lots of terms that will go over the heads of people not familiar with gambling.
Timberlake shows that he is a very capable actor. Affleck doesn't even break a sweat as Runner Runner doesn't even begin to challenge his acting ability. Gemma Arterton works well with her limited script.
Runner Runner is the kind of movie that is probably best watched at home but is enjoyable enough to watch at the theater without feeling like you wasted your money. I give it a go, but there are other movies in the theater worth checking out.
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Written September 25, 2016
It was a good compromise for date night. It didn't have over the top violence & it had a guy's version of romance. There was some intrigue & some suspense. I thought JT & BF did a believable job in their roles.
Written August 28, 2016
This is a great looking movie. It's set in Costa Rica and Affleck plays a gambling site owner who's in it for the thrill of it all, or at least used to be. Timberlake plays a Princeton grad student who gets cheated on the site and confronts Affleck's character about it. It's really a great looking film, especially the beach settings and the party scenes. However, it's also a movie that feels packaged to impress on a visual level and doesn't offer anything new or intriguing. There's the usual of everything in it. FBI agent on the chase? Check; poor guy trying to make it big? Check; rich guy who needs to commit heinous crimes to stay ahead of the law? Check; crooked politicians in foreign country taking brides to allow criminals to continue to operate? Check. It's formulaic across the board and the ending is like all those others you've seen. I only recommend it to those who are in the mood for this sort of packaged product.
Written April 25, 2017
Movie cast is awesome but plot does not deliver. Story never really takes off. Too bad because Affleck and Timberlake have done better work with better scripts.
Simply put, don't waste your time and money on it. Worth renting for a dollar or two.
Written September 27, 2016
Went to see Runner Runner last night on opening night at 10pm. Was one of less than a dozen people in the theatre. The movie was so-so. The casting was great, both Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck played great characters. The story line was also pretty good. The movie itself was just not that impressive. Very predictable towards the end. Alot of red-flags and questions arose but were never answered. I would not pay to see it again but would watch it again on DVD