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
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Although set in Costa Rica, the majority of the scenes in the movie were filmed in Puerto Rico. See more »
When Richie Furst is running away for agent Shavers, into the abandoned building, the sweat on the back of his shirt changes size between the shots. See more »
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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Dear oh dear oh dear. The saying "Don't give up your day job" could never be more true regarding a certain someones performance. Over the past 7 years now, Justin Timberlake has become progressively prominent in films. Why? Well because he's a big star....in music that is. So (according to some deluded people) that must mean he must be able to act....no it doesn't. He is a terrible actor; every single thing he does is horrifically unconvincing. He could even be in a film where he plays a popstar and i still wouldn't believe it. His smiles are smothered in falseness, his delivery is diabolical, his expressions are excruciating to watch. There are no redeeming features to his "acting". What makes a great actor is someone who makes you believe they truly are the person they are portraying. Timberlake is seemingly incapable of that.
He seems to get plaudits for "The Social Network", but the only reason he does is because he is in fact an attention seeking, irritating dweeb. Every chat show he over compensates and that follows him in films where he overacts. And just like in "In Time" his acting drains any chance of potential for this film.
People may argue that it wasn't his fault the film was terrible, and yes the film was rather dull as a whole, but it does not excuse his obvious inability to act. And in my opinion it was his fault i couldn't enjoy it. There are scenes in the movie where you can't help but associate Richie (Timberlake) with people from other films....horrible versions of course. When he's acting like the whiz kid of poker; tediously explaining the way to win, you just have to look back to Edward Norton or Matt Damon in "Rounders" and it really shows how bad he is. When he's strolling around the casino with the most irritating of faces, you flash back to Robert De Niro in "Casino" and it really couldn't be anymore blatant that Timberlake is completely out of sync when it comes to acting.
Ben Affleck and Anthony Mackie where average, but they didn't have much chance in such a dense film. I really am struggling to add positivity, but it's difficult, it was just monotonous. erm..... just Timberlake's attempt at an angry face making me chuckle... that's about it.
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