Cast: Ben Affleck, Justin Timberlake, Gemma Arterton
Director: Brad Furman
What's it about
A run of the mill plot gets a twist with an online gambling set up. Richie (Timberlake) meets Ivan (Affleck) when he loses all his money in a poker game played on a website. The plot needs a climax and it comes in the form of Richie turning the tables on Ivan taking matters into his own hands. There is nothing that hasn't been done before. Furman of course uses Affleck and Timberlake to lure viewers into coming and watching the film. The exercise looks more like a gimmick than a genuine attempt.
The actors try their best to get their badly written characters our of coma. Both Ben and Justin have their natural charm that helps in some really flat scenes come alive. Fans of the actors won't be disappointed.
The writing is the biggest culprit of the film. Despite the genre there is a laid back lazy feel about the film. On the periphery the elements are in place, but if you dig deep there is a strange void, a lack of solid material to keep you engaged. Timberlake's cocky persona has started getting a bit annoying.
What to do
Runner Runner is tepid and strictly average. This is one gamble that has failed.