Runner Runner

Rushed, pointless and flaccid crime opus

An Ivy League kid (Justin Timberlake) online-gambles away all his education money, so he takes the only-in-the-movies step of flying to Costa Rica to confront a notoriously dangerous online-poker mogul and get his money back. He does, as well as a lucrative job with the guy, apartment, car, girl, etc.

But when he realizes he wants out, well, go watch The Firm again, because that’s what this flaccid crime opus is ripping off. It gets worse—said mogul is Ben Affleck, acting like he did a decade ago (badly). Zero suspense, rushed and pointless. You’d be a chump to gamble ¥2,000 on my being wrong. (91 min)