Runner Runner

Overview

A Princeton grad student finds himself caught between the FBI and a malevolent online gambling tycoon in this thriller from The Lincoln Lawyer director Brad Furman. A whiz at the virtual-poker table, bright young Ivy Leaguer Richie Justin Timberlake had nearly raised enough cash to pay his tuition when he lost it all in the blink of an eye. Convinced that he's been cheated and determined to confront the swindler, Richie hops a plane to Costa Rica, and comes face-to-face with online gambling mogul Ivan Block Ben ...
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Overview

A Princeton grad student finds himself caught between the FBI and a malevolent online gambling tycoon in this thriller from The Lincoln Lawyer director Brad Furman. A whiz at the virtual-poker table, bright young Ivy Leaguer Richie Justin Timberlake had nearly raised enough cash to pay his tuition when he lost it all in the blink of an eye. Convinced that he's been cheated and determined to confront the swindler, Richie hops a plane to Costa Rica, and comes face-to-face with online gambling mogul Ivan Block Ben Affleck, who introduces him to a world of wealth and privilege. Meanwhile, the FBI has been watching Ivan, and attempts to strong-arm Richie into turning informant. With Richie's help they could bring Ivan's illegitimate empire crashing to the ground. But who's more dangerous, the entrepreneur who feeds his enemies to crocodiles, or the agents who seem like they're willing to break the law in order to uphold it? Gemma Arterton and Anthony Mackie co-star.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Deleted scenes
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Screenwriters Brian Koppelman and David Levien established themselves with the script for John Dahl's entertaining poker film Rounders, and throughout their career they've returned to the world of high-stakes gambling in projects like Ocean's Thirteen and the short-lived TV series Tilt. They've provided insight into the pathology of degenerate gamblers, but their script for Runner Runner, directed by Brad Furman, isn't as funny, sharp, or surprising as their previous work. Justin Timberlake stars as Richie Furst, a Princeton grad student in finance who, as the film opens, is scraping together the pricey tuition by steering players toward a particular online poker site. When the dean tells him that he is not allowed to promote gambling on campus, Richie decides to use his entire savings as a stake at the gaming table in order to win enough to pay for the rest of his education. He loses, but knows he was cheated because he is too skilled to be defeated in a fair game. He has some nerdy Ivy League friends run some tests, and sure enough, he can mathematically prove that what happened to him was impossible. With the evidence in hand, Richie travels to Costa Rica to confront the website's head honcho Ivan Block (Ben Affleck), who is allowed to operate freely because he pays off local police and politicians handsomely and regularly. Ivan is impressed by Richie's tenacity, and offers the kid a job. As the former college student becomes familiar with every aspect of big-time gaming, he also discovers that his new boss has a dark side and may not be as trustworthy as he seems. When aggressive FBI agent Shavers (Anthony Mackie) threatens Richie with the possibility of never returning to the States if he doesn't help bring down Ivan, the stage is set for the pupil to try to outsmart the teacher. You've seen all of this before. There's nothing new in the story beats or in the movie's construction; pretty much everybody knows that if there's an early scene involving crocodiles being fed, there's just got to be a moment later in which somebody is chomped to pieces. The screenwriters cook up some highly entertaining dialogue that Affleck and Mackie deliver as forcefully as the gators snap down on their prey, but there is little suspense here because we know all along exactly how this will end. Part of the problem is that Justin Timberlake, while not an untalented actor, doesn't yet have the confident control of a leading man. He's a born performer, and that oozes from every pore of his being at all times. That's not to say he overacts, just that he's always "on"; while that kind of energy is perfect in a live concert setting or in sketch comedy, onscreen it undercuts whatever he's trying to communicate because it feels like "acting." He's been good in previous roles, especially his work in The Social Network playing a character whose entire life was a public performance, but here he comes across as too eager to please. His smirk, when he's swimming in cash and has a beautiful woman draped on his arm, indicates self-satisfaction, and great film actors don't indicate -- they just are. The phrase "runner runner" is a term used in Texas Hold 'Em: It means that there are only two cards left to be dealt, and you need both of them to be the correct suit to complete your flush. It's a bad hand to play, one that only succeeds four percent of the time according to a character in the movie. It's also an apt description for the project as a whole, because the screenwriters only get the director halfway there. Furman needed some acting diamonds to pull it all together, but instead he got Timberlake.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/7/2014
  • UPC: 024543840107
  • Original Release: 2013
  • Rating:

  • Source: 20Th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:31:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 10,620

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Justin Timberlake Richie Furst
Gemma Arterton Rebecca Shafran
Anthony Mackie FBI Special Agent Shavers
Ben Affleck Ivan Block
Oliver Cooper Andrew Cronin
Ben Schwartz Craig
Michael Esper Billy 'Pet' Petricoff
David Costabile Professor Horstein
Sam Palladio Shecky
Technical Credits
Brad Furman Director
Christophe Beck Score Composer
Charisse Cardenas Production Designer
Sophie De Rakoff Costumes/Costume Designer
Leonardo DiCaprio Producer
Mauro Fiore Cinematographer
Erik Holmberg Executive Producer
Jennifer Davisson Killoran Producer
Brian Koppelman Producer, Screenwriter
David Levien Producer, Screenwriter
Jeff McEvoy Editor
Arnon Milchan Producer
Michael Shamberg Producer
Stacey Sher Producer
Scott Steindorff Producer
Brad Weston Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Runner Runner
1. Chapter 1 [3:07]
2. Chapter 2 [2:39]
3. Chapter 3 [2:55]
4. Chapter 4 [2:32]
5. Chapter 5 [2:18]
6. Chapter 6 [1:39]
7. Chapter 7 [1:41]
8. Chapter 8 [2:50]
9. Chapter 9 [4:37]
10. Chapter 10 [2:42]
11. Chapter 11 [3:54]
12. Chapter 12 [1:57]
13. Chapter 13 [3:30]
14. Chapter 14 [2:09]
15. Chapter 15 [4:56]
16. Chapter 16 [3:01]
17. Chapter 17 [1:59]
18. Chapter 18 [4:25]
19. Chapter 19 [1:34]
20. Chapter 20 [2:39]
21. Chapter 21 [:57]
22. Chapter 22 [2:22]
23. Chapter 23 [2:38]
24. Chapter 24 [5:30]
25. Chapter 25 [4:15]
26. Chapter 26 [3:40]
27. Chapter 27 [4:36]
28. Chapter 28 [4:09]
29. Chapter 29 [5:58]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Runner Runner
   Play
   Set Up
      Audio
         English Dolby Digital 5.1
         English Descriptive Audio 5.1
         Español Surround Dolby Digital 2.0
         Français Surround Dolby Digital 2.0
      Subtitles
         English Subtitles For The Deaf And Hard Of Hearing: On
         Español Subtitles: On
         Subtitles: Off
   Scenes
   Extras
      Deleted Scenes
         Play All
         Block Scouts Antigua
         Richie Bribes Way Into EDC Party
         Richie's The New Sheriff
         Richie Learns The Robes
         Extended Richie And Rebecca Seaside Chat
         Richie And Rebecca Cafe Chat
         Where's Cronin
      Theatrical Trailer
      Sneak Peek
         Play All
         Robocop
         The Blu-Ray Experience
         The Counselor
         Don Jon
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