Justin Timberlake headlines Runner Runner as Richie Furst, a Princeton graduate student who needs to raise sixty grand to cover his tuition expenses; as a last resort, Richie decides to try his luck at an online gambling site - which doesn't pan out, and leaves him without any chance of getting the necessary funding in time.
Thereafter, Ritchie fishes out the truth about the website - that it is run outside the United States' jurisdiction - and decides to travel to Costa Rica, in hopes of finding the guy who swindled him and getting his money back. The mystery man turns out to be one Ivan Block (Ben Affleck), a tycoon who sees potential in Ritchie and has little trouble convincing the latter to work for him. However, it's not long before Ritchie learns the sordid truth about his new benefactor - and finds himself stuck in a bad place, between the FBI and the dangerous Block.
Rounding out the supporting cast for Runner Runner are Anthony Mackie (Pain & Gain), Gemma Arterton (Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters), Oliver Cooper (The Hangover Part III) and Ben Schwartz (a.k.a. Jean-Ralphio on Parks and Recreation).
The Runner Runner trailer hits most of the familiar beats for this sort of material, but has the distinction of Affleck trying his hand at playing more of a flat-out villain than is customary for the actor/director. Similarly, the relevant subject matter and more tropical backdrop help to better distinguish this film's conventional setup - about a young and inexperienced man drawn into a dangerous underworld of easy profits, sex and murder - from the rest of the crime drama/thriller pack.
Brian Koppelman and David Levien - the screenwriters behind Rounders, Runaway Jury and Ocean's Thirteen - wrote the Runner Runner script, which was directed for the big screen by Brad Furman. That screenwriting pair has a decent track record, while the latter showed a knack for similar John Grisham crime genre material with his adaptation of The Lincoln Lawyer; that's to say, this movie could turn out to be pretty solid.
Runner Runner opens in U.S. theaters on September 27th, 2013.
Source: Yahoo! Movies