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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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Billy 'Pet' Petricoff
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Andrew Cronin
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Wilson
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Delegate Herrera
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Harry Furst
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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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Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,706,712, 6 October 2013, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$19,316,646

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$62,675,095
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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 Ritchie walks on the boat Ivan is chopping a fish with a glove on his left hand. When he shakes hands the glove is gone. See more »

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[first lines]
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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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #22.6 (2013) See more »

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El Tren
Written by Natalia Clavier & Adrian Quesada
Performed by Natalia Clavier
Courtesy of Nacional Records
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Ho-Hum, Ho-Hum
12 October 2013 | by See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. I can sit in a theater and watch a mediocre movie, but when it comes time to write about it, there is no motivation or appeal. The most positive comment I can make is that it stars two very pretty men.

This one has "paycheck project" written all over it. Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake simply go through the motions as if someone is feeding them their lines through an ear piece. Gemma Arterton should never stoop to such a mundane and lifeless role ... though her hair and make-up are terrific. Only John Heard and Anthony Mackie come across as professional actors, and their minor roles are so limited, they barely register.

Writing partners Brian Koppelman and David Levien co-wrote the excellent Rounders, but this one merely teases the dark underbelly of online gambling. It has neither the depth, plot or character development that we would expect from a movie with this premise and cast. Director Brad Furman showed promise with The Lincoln Lawyer, but this one comes across as being rushed through production with faux-style.

The closest comparison I can come up with is last year's Savages, directed by Oliver Stone ... and even that one was more enjoyable. Rather than a MPAA warning for Language, I would prefer a heads-up whenever the filmmaking team really doesn't care much for the project. At least I could spend my money and time watching a different movie.


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