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HindustanTimes Thu,30 Oct 2014

Critic's review: Runner Runner- runs out of steam!

Sony Sheetal Tirkey, Hindustantimes.com  New Delhi, October 04, 2013
First Published: 18:25 IST(4/10/2013) | Last Updated: 18:40 IST(4/10/2013)

Film: Runner Runner
Director: Brad Furman
Starring:Ben Affleck, Justin Timberlake, Gemma Arterton

Sadly 'what goes around, comes around' does not happen for Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck latest gambling thriller 'Runner Runner.'

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The film opens to the plot of Ivy League student Richie Furst (Justin Timberlake) who loses all his money in an online poker scam after which he travels to Costa Rica to confront the site's mysterious owner, Ivan Block (Ben Affleck), only up as his aide.

Hence begins the chase, as the leading duo sprint across the dark sides of easy money and the gambling world.

As the film hits theatres in India today, we bring to you a review curtainraiser of the film from critics across the globe.

Critics who got to preview the film say Runner Runner ran out of steam soon and failed to feed their appetite for a gripping thriller as the plot unfolds.

CNN-IBN's Rajeev Masand says the film does not offer anything new and can be watched on DVD at home rather than spending money in a plush multiplex.

'Runner Runner' is one of those stylish thrillers that promises more meat than it ultimately delivers, he said.

Agreeing with Masand, the Boston Globe's Ty Burr wrote:

"It’s not that 'Runner Runner' is predictable. It’s that you don’t care, either about the characters or what happens to them."



Critics hoped that the story was as impressive as its stylish packaging, however the film effortlessly secures a thumbs down for those who are planning to put Runner Runner on their weekend planner.

"When it comes to this movie and the other direction, run run — don’t walk walk," wrote Ann Hornaday of the Washington Post.

The Times of India's Reagan Gavin Rasquinha added that one could easily give the film a miss despite its talented and handsome starcast.

"You've seen thrillers that are intricate, detailed and unfold at their own pace, allowing the viewer an immersive experience. Runner Runner isn't quite like that."

There are more than one reason why Runner Runner did not work for the critics and it might just not work out for all of us as the reviewers feel they lost 90 precious of their lives to this film.

"The deeper problem is that it feels like a halfhearted bluff and has the stale smell of yesterday’s after-shave," wrote A.O Scott, of the New York Times.

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