"Sometimes when playing a game of high stakes poker, the risk doesn't become clear, until you've played your hand"
"Runner Runner" is an interesting action thriller starring a rejuvenated Justin Timberlake as Richie, a young entrepreneur, that attempts to gamble his way through the high cost of college. Now, nothing's wrong with a little bit of 5-card stud every now and then, but when you've got thousands riding on the line there's just bound to be a few sharks in the water. One Big Kahuna that comes to mind is Mr. Ivan Block(Affleck), who is the owner and creator of one of the most popular off-shore gambling sites online. You see there's one thing that we must understand about sharks an money, if you are a
threat to their food source, then you can look forward to blood in the water! Now, with that said, shall we Unhinge?
"Runner Runner" starts off fairly simply with Richie doing his best to pay college costs through promoting online gambling within his academic institution. Nothing wrong with that right? Wrong! You see it's illegal to promote gambling of any sort in an academic environment, but young Richie's back is up against the wall and the high cost of education is looming over his head. So what does he do? He puts it all on the line to risk everything in the mother of all poker marathons!
You've got to give it to Richie for trying to tempt the gambling gods into giving him a full ride through college, but as we all know, some things just aren't meant to be. Or are they? In the madness of his foolish journey, he stumbles onto a flaw in the gambling platform that motivates him to contact the site at the source, Ivan Block. Leaving everything behind, Richie heads offshore, in the hopes of writing a wrong and getting back his lunch money. Now what he didn't expect was getting the offer of a lifetime that would more than pay for his education 100 times over.
Money, money money is what would go through anyone's head when presented with such a lucrative offer as Richie receives, but life has taught most of us that nothing is free. So why would Richie think that he can become a millionaire overnight without paying a hefty price? "Runner Runner" is a film that plays on our desire to significantly alter our financial destiny with nothing more than wishful thoughts and the smallest bead of sweat. Brad Furman directed this entertaining watch that is sure to resonate with fans of high stakes gambling, as well as, entrepreneurs in search of the next big thing.
Additional cast members of "Runner Runner" include Anthony Mackie(Shavers), a rising star that most of us first witnessed in films such as "8 Mile" and "Pain & Gain". Also we have the sexy, Gemma Arterton who stars as Rebecca, Ivan's right hand that keeps more than an eye on all things close to her employer. There are a few other cast members that add value to the film, but those are the most notable that keep the film from being nothing more than Bromance Gone Wrong, lol.
Take aways from the film are definitely going to involve spikes going up in online gaming across the country, as well as, so-called gurus looking to make money from those new to poker. It seems that whether it's intentional or just a byproduct of film-making, a lot subliminal and direct marketing campaigns are stitched into the framework of today's entertainment. How many movies have caused you to make a purchase based on the level of satisfaction the movie character had when using a particular product or service. Remember Reese's Pieces and "E.T"? Or how about "The Italian Job" and mini coops?
All things aside, "Runner Runner" was an interesting film, as long as your just looking for a good action fix with a side of wit. JT and Afflecks's performances were decent enough to carry the film, however, JT displayed the most growth as an actor with a single 1-2 second scene in the film. Any cons? Well for us, we could always go for more guns and pulse-pounding chases, but then again, this isn't "The Transporter" and Justin is no Statham..lol Enjoy it in theaters now!
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