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Check out the first trailer for “The Lincoln Lawyer” director Brad Furman’s latest, the gambling thriller “Runner, Runner”. Who knew online gambling would be so, er, dangerous? Well, at least for the guys running it. Or the guys wanting to get in on the running of the operation, like Justin Timberlake’s character in “Runner, Runner”. Fortunately for him, he’s got Gemma Arterton at his side. Unfortunately for him, Ben Affleck looks totally psycho in this one.
Cool trailer all around, and a lot better than I had expected. Affleck seems to be playing the Jeremy Renner character from “The Town” (which Affleck wrote and directed), and 5, 10 years ago Affleck would definitely have been playing the Timberlake character. I guess when you’ve won an Oscar you can basically call your own shots.
Princeton grad student Richie, believing he’s been swindled, travels to Costa Rica to confront online gambling tycoon Ivan Block. Richie is seduced by Block’s promise of immense wealth, until he learns the disturbing truth about his benefactor. When the FBI tries to coerce Richie to help bring down Block, Richie faces his biggest gamble ever: attempting to outmaneuver the two forces closing in on him.
Starring Ben Affleck, Justin Timberlake, Oliver Cooper, Anthony Mackie, Gemma Arterton, and Ben Schwartz.
Letting it all ride this September 27, 2013.