RUNNER RUNNER Blu-ray Review
I’ll admit that I was one of the few actually looking forward to this movie. My husband is a professional poker player, so that storyline had me hooked, plus I was excited to see Justin Timberlake grow in his acting. However, then I pressed play and a droll, paint-by-numbers action “thriller” unfolded. The poker references were thrown in so sporadically and randomly – it was like they were trying to tie together a theme without actually putting any of that in the film.
Justin Timberlake does a serviceable job, Ben Affleck has some fun overacting before he dons the Bat-suit, and Gemma Arterton plays sultry, coy and beautiful as she’s very successfully done in the past. Between them and the tropical location, there’s a lot of eye candy but that is not enough to make an engrossing movie. It even felt like Anthony Mackie was phoning it in, and he always seems to be so invested in his characters.
The special features are sparse, but the poker documentary is of interest, particularly for those who were expecting more of a poker storyline in the actual film.
Runner Runner Official Synopsis:
Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck star in this high-stakes crime thriller where the lure of easy money is the riskiest bet of all. When Princeton grad student Richie Furst (Timberlake) believes he’s been swindled by an online poker site, he heads to Costa Rica to confront gambling tycoon Ivan Block (Affleck), the man he thinks is responsible. But Richie will soon face the ultimate power play as he finds himself caught between Block’s promises of unlimited wealth and the zealous FBI agent (Anthony Mackie) trying to bring him down.
Blu-ray Special Features:
- House of Cards: The Inside Story of Online Poker
- Deleted Scenes