Film | Runner Runner – Review

Runner Runner
Runner Runner (2013)

Plot – When a poor college student who cracks an online poker game goes bust, he arranges a face-to-face with the man he thinks cheated him, a sly offshore entrepreneur – Runner Runner.

Director – Brad Furman

Starring – Ben Affleck, Justin Timberlake, Gemma Arterton, Anthony Mackie

Genre – Crime | Thriller

Released – 2013

Runner Runner is a movie that never truly decides what genres it wants to be and as the plot gets increasingly complex and muddled, it becomes obvious that the writers and director didn’t have a concrete plan on how to tie up each of the loose ends and character arks, which is a shame because the film happens to be blessed with some extremely charismatic performances, witty dialogue, stunning cinematography and interesting situations.

RUNNER, RUNNER Copyright © 2012 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.

Timberlake’s career seems to be on somewhat of a downward trajectory after the superb The Social Network. Neither Friends With Benefits nor In Time sped up his career to the next level and his turn in Runner Runner, though adequate, does nothing to prove he is ready to take things to the next level in terms. Affleck, on the other hand, was riding high off the back of well-received performances in Argo and The Town. And while Runner Runner won’t damage his career, there’s nothing here that will boost it. Meanwhile, Gemma Arterton through a combination of bad direction and writing seems directionless and at times forgets to act.

While all the ingredients are there to make an interesting movie filled with intrigue, Runner Runner just doesn’t work. The characters are half-developed. There is no depth to the plot, the twists are predictable and half they leave the loose ends unanswered.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

If you liked: The Rum Diary, The Gambler, 21


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