Friday, February 21, 2014

Runner Runner - Get A Job Without A Holistic View of Things

Nowadays, getting a job has its own kind of process. You have to create a résumé detailing everything significant you've done since you've been on Earth. You have to show up to the job for an interview so that they get a good look at you face to face. Even behind the scenes, the company may want to perform an entire background check on who you are and what you've actually done.

However, in Runner Runner, getting a job is as easy to talking to a guy in a nice suit. Or at least that's how it seems.

Runner Runner is the story of Richie Furst, played by Justin Timberlake, a poor yet intelligent student of Princeton involved in online gambling. Once he loses his money on the site due to cheating, he embarks on a journey to Costa Rica only to find that paradise is found in the strangest of places.

I have a couple of problems with this film off the top of my head.

For one, if Richie is so smart, then why does he not analyze the actual offer before him given by Ivan Block, played by Ben Affleck. After all, if a stranger in a far off land gives you a job and you're desperate: one must analyze every aspect of that situation before giving an answer.

Sure, Richie needed money to pay off his tuition, but all he saw was the money and the paradise behind the original offer.

Anyway, the humor is on key. The big business turned rouge plot is also on key. All decent actors.

I would say more, but I would reference the ending in some way. All I have to say about the ending is that it's a nice twist but not really what I wanted.

I give this film a 3/5.

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