Lets say for a moment that you’re young and good with numbers. Imagine then that you’re also smart enough to get into a prestigious university. What happens next? You get saddled with massive student loans to pay for an high class education. The next step is to turn to gambling and waste away all that money, obviously. For the most part, The Lincoln Lawyer director Brad Furman’s latest movie deals with such a situation. Runner, Runner stars Justin Timberlake as a young man who tried and failed to pay off his post-secondary education with online poker winnings. With limited options remaining, he jets off to an ambiguous Caribbean island to investigate whether or not he was cheated, only to find himself wrapped up in the web of an online poker magnate (Ben Affleck) with a messy agenda and a propensity for bouts of crazy. Some kids will do anything for a good education these days. Quick, no one tell Timberlake’s character that his diploma would’ve been worthless in this economy, anyway.
Watch the first Runner, Runner trailer below:
On paper, the combination between recent Oscar winner Ben Affleck and mutli-hyphenate star Justin Timberlake is a great one. Few names have more momentum this year than these two. And with former Julia Roberts assistant turned crime thriller director Brad Furman at the helm, combined with writer Brian Koppelman (Premium Rush, Ocean’s Thirteen) and his delight in the ridiculous, we’ve got ourselves an equation for success. Who doesn’t want to see a maniacally cackling Ben Affleck toss men into water full of crocodiles? It’s almost as if someone asked, “What would have become of Affleck’s Mallrats character in the age of the Internet?” Yep, this feels about right. He probably still does his business with the ladies in the back of a Volkswagen, as well.
Runner, Runner is due in theaters September 27, 2013.