Not Really Memorable
Starring: Ben Affleck, Justin
Timberlake, Gemma Arterton,
Anthony Mackie, Michael Esper,
Oliver Cooper, John Heard
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 91 minutes
Distributor: 20th Century Fox/News Corp.
Director: Brad Furman
Executive Producer: Erik Holmberg, Scott LaStaiti,
Producer: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer
Davisson Killoran, Brian
Koppelman, David Levien,
Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher
Writer: Brian Koppelman, David Levien
Address Comments To:Rupert Murdoch, Chairman/CEO, News Corp.
Chase Carey, President/COO, News Corp.
Jim Gianopulos, Chairman/CEO, Fox Filmed Entertainment, 20th Century Fox Film Corp. (Fox Searchlight Pictures/Fox 2000/Fox Atomic/FoxFaith)
10201 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Phone: (310) 369-1000; Website: www.fox.com
Richie is a graduate student at Princeton. When the Dena finds out Richie has been betting, he chastises him. Despite that, Richie knows he still must get the money to finish college. So, he bets all his money in one poker game. After hours of playing, Richie loses it all, but realizes he’s been cheated. Flying down to Costa Rica, Richie goes to confront the man who stole his money, Ivan Block.
In order to keep this under wraps, Block hires Richie and promises him the world. Enticed, Richie takes on the job. Months go by where Richie is living large. The one thing he still desires is the COO of the company, Rebecca. Rebecca is charmed by Richie, and the two develop a connection.
FBI agent Shavers approaches Richie to help take down Block, who has cheated many people. At first, Richie loves the benefits Block has given him too much to want to take him down. Things get real, however, when Block’s own men start to come for Richie.
RUNNER RUNNER has your typical, predictable crime drama storyline. This one won’t be remembered particularly, though there were entertaining parts. All the actors do a good job, but none of the performances required deep portrayals.
RUNNER RUNNER has a strong pagan worldview glamorizing wealth and sex, though in the end, it shows how empty such things really are. Cheating is discouraged and there’s talk about how “temptations” can take over people and lead to their deaths. That said, the evil gangster is seen as a compelling character and even has a likable aspect. RUNNER RUNNER also has more than 120 obscenities and contains strong lewd content overall. So, MOVIEGUIDE® considers RUNNER RUNNER excessive, unacceptable viewing for media-wise moviegoers.
RUNNER RUNNER is a typical crime drama. It won’t be remembered, though it does have some entertaining parts and good acting. It also has a strong pagan worldview, glamorizing wealth and sex, though the ending has some moral messages: cheating is discouraged, and there’s talk about how “temptations” can lead people to their deaths. Even so, money is made into an idol, and there’s more than 120 obscenities along with some lewd content. So, MOVIEGUIDE® considers RUNNER RUNNER excessive, unacceptable viewing for media-wise moviegoers.