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Runner Runner (2013)

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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.

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Princeton grad student Richie, believing he's been swindled, travels to Costa Rica to confront online gambling tycoon Ivan Block. Richie is seduced by Block's promise of immense wealth, until he learns the disturbing truth about his benefactor. When the FBI tries to coerce Richie to help bring down Block, Richie faces his biggest gamble ever: attempting to outmaneuver the two forces closing in on him. Written by 20th Century Fox Distribution

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You have no idea who you're playing with. See more »

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Crime | Thriller

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Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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4 October 2013 (USA)  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

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$7,706,712 (USA) (4 October 2013)

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$19,316,646 (USA) (6 December 2013)
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Although set in Costa Rica, the majority of the scenes in the movie were filmed in Puerto Rico. See more »

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When Ben Affleck's character talks about all the things he cannot do in the US anymore, he mentions Pittsburgh and its famous Primanti brothers restaurant chain, notably the specialty sandwiches they make. He pronounces it Pri-MAHN-ti, with the AN letters sounding like 'on'. Any big fan of the restaurant chain would know the proper pronunciation is Prim-AN-ti, with the AN sound similar to the name "Ann". See more »

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Richie Furst: Everyone gambles. They may call it something else, like the stock market, or real estate. But make no mistake, if you're risking something, you're gambling. And if you're gambling, then I'm the guy you want to see.
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Written by Yannis Philippakis, Jack Bevan, Walter Gervers, Jimmy Smith
Performed by Foals
Courtesy of Warner Music U.K. Ltd.
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Save your money, Runner Runner is a losing bet.
25 September 2013 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Not as intelligent as it thinks it is.

This would be true if the films producers intended to create something intelligent, but Runner Runner is textbook sex-money-thriller, with a spot of online gambling thrown in to keep it relevant, and nobody involved with its production thinks it's intelligent.

The film stars Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck, who have to make money somehow I suppose, but the best line in the film is reserved for token-black-FBI agent, played unremarkably by Anthony Mackie.

"That's what you say to someone who is stupid. Do you think I'm stupid."

Hey, you read my mind. Whoever wrote this script definitely thinks we're stupid.

The film's female characters deserve attention, not for their acting but the way they're shamelessly draped across every scene, like a bikini stretched over a pair of perky, artificially enhanced tits, just to remind everyone watching it's a man's world at the top.

Runner Runner falls into the rapidly growing category of post-GFC films attempting to relate to the millions of Americans left unemployed and out on their ass because Lehman Brothers went all in with their savings and lost, yet it does nothing but rehash the embarrassingly outdated idea that anyone with a few brains and determination can 'make it in America'.

That Hollywood can still serve up this undercooked, horse-sh*t film and call it a 'smart, sexy thriller' makes me want to crash my car off a bridge.

'Making it' in this economy is hard enough without wasting any of your time on this worthless mind slop. Save your money, Runner Runner is a losing bet.


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