Year / Countries: 2013 / USA
Genres: thriller, crime
Budget: 30 000 000$
Directors: Brad Furman
Cast: Justin Timberlake (Richie Furst), Ben Affleck (Ivan Block), Gemma Arterton (Rebecca Shafran), Anthony Mackie (Agent Shavers), Michael Esper (Billy 'Pet' Petricoff), Oliver Cooper (Andrew Cronin), Christian George (Wilson), Yul Vazquez (Delegate Herrera), John Heard (Harry Furst)
The film "Runner Runner" with Timberlake and Affleck in the lead roles is one of the most anticipated films in 2013. It was announced in the trailer that this movie will be about poker, online fraud and other side of life of the poker rooms’ owners. In principle, the audience’s expectations were largely fulfilled.
“Runner Runner” is the story of a poor and talented student Richie Furst who tried to earn money for learning by means of online poker. He was quite well in it, but one day he lost everything. It happened not because of downstreak, but because of fraud in online casinos. Richie couldn’t let this situation go, so he decided to undertake an audacious move and went to the central office of the poker room in order to get a fair compensation.
He managed to meet Ivan Block who was the owner of the largest online poker site and talk to him. Block didn’t deny the fraud but he said that system of the poker room was hacked. He paid Richie a decent amount of money for the troubles and suddenly offered a cooperation by promising a sum with six zeros during a year and a half. How not to agree to it?
The atmosphere of hazard and work at the casino that always win was very tempting. Richie's life really looked like a fairy tale until the guy was kidnaped by the FBI agent who told about the other side of Blok’s work — bribes, cheating and racketeering.
The guy didn’t believe the policeman’s stories, but over time he realized that the agent was right...
Richie turned out to be at the crossroads: on the one hand Ivan offered him a luxurious life but at the expense of criminal and dangerous activities, but on the other hand FBI was ready to make a deal if the guy would agree to get compromising information on Blok.
Thanks to excellent actors’ play and rich storyline, it is easy and interesting to watch “Runner Runner”, so stock up on popcorn.