Runner Runner (2013)

Runner Runner (2013)

A college student is cheated by an online poker site and heads down to Costa Rica to confront the site owner.

RATING:

2s7h

NOTABLE STARS

Justin Timberlake, Ben Affleck

SKILLS

It’s hard to think of something positive to say about this movie.  In fact, it’s next to impossible. But gun to my head, I’d say that it’s mildly fun and entertaining, with a very strong emphasis on the word ‘mildly’.  The elements for an interesting movie are there: solid actors, interesting subject matter and a beautiful setting, but in execution, the movie fails to take advantage of any of this.

LEAKS

This is poorly written anti-gambling propaganda in the form of a lifeless thriller.  The script is sloppy and full of dialogue that tries too hard to sound smart.  The poker dialogue is particularly hard to take, as it sounds like the writers googled a bunch of poker buzz words and statistics and tried to cram as many of them into the script as possible.

POKER AUTHENTICITY

Moderate.

I mean, the bar has been set really, really low when it comes to poker movies and their ability to depict the game accurately.  The poker dialogue in this movie will probably annoy a lot of knowledgeable poker fans, but at least some of it is accurate, and the action’s 100% online which means there’s no pot splashing or gold watches being taken off to cover an all-in.

 

Watching poker is great, but wouldn’t you rather be playing? Play free poker.

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