Movie Review: Is Runner Runner the movie 2013 has been waiting for?

It had been a few weeks since I had the chance to go to the cinema…. Even before then I had seen a few movies without being able to write a review on them, so I decided to hurry out of the office at the close of business to meet up with the time to watch Runner, Runner.

Before I get into the review proper for Runner Runner, let me give you some feedback on some of the other movies I’ve seen in Recent times:

  • Let me categorically state that I think Now You See Me is one of the best movies to hit cinema screens this year (A solid 8.5/10). It came late to our cinemas, but it came at a time when our cinemas really needed a movie to spice up their schedules.
  • Next we have ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’, one of those movies that you may not relate to so much on this end of the world but tries to show you life on a plane beyond yours.I really enjoyed the story & its interpretation, and I’m glad I watched it, but I would tell you straight up, ‘this is not the movie to watch if all you’re looking for is a fun time out with friends or something in those lines’ (7.0/10).
  • Now to a movie I consider to be an utter waste of time, ‘This is the End’; Not only was this movie utterly stupid, it was stupendously unfunny! I mean what was the aim of it all? If you like your sanity, I urge you to stay away from this one. It can do you no good. (-5/10, I am tempted to take my 5 out of the next Seth Rogen/James Franco movie I review….. If I ever!)

Anyways, back to Runner Runner…. After hurriedly leaving the office & heading to the cinema to meet my friends for a movie date, I was in no mood for what I ended up getting with this movie.

The plot of didn’t bring anything fresh to the table & it was so poorly paced! I actually got bored really fast & my dear friend @lammiwittian spent the second half of the film asleep.

The story was just bleh but production was OK. The problem with good production of a bleh story is that the poor script tends to over shadow the good production and it was no different here.

This is Ben Affleck’s first film since it was announced that he was going to don the Bat Cape in the new Superman film and I was really looking forward to seeing him. I didn’t buy it. Sorry Ben, you’re an amazing actor &  I think you did a good job here but for some reason, I didn’t end up as the biggest fan of your character.

Justin Timberlake’s career as an actor has been constantly debated by many and I thoroughly understand why. He’s got this special uniqueness as a singer that just makes him Justin Alas! it does not translate to his acting.

He’s not a bad actor, in fact he’s a very Ok one, the issue is that he’s a very forgettable actor & if he wasn’t already Justin Timberlake the singer, I doubt we would see him in this many films. As for his character here…… Let’s just say #SpoilerAlert!, I wasn’t sold by the fairy tale notion of the end of him.

This is the first time I’m seeing the female lead in any movie (I think…. Actually I think not) and I’m almost sure it was for you too (or maybe it isn’t). I’m still trying to remember one thing about her character that wasn’t the typical, ‘girl with the fully blown out weave, slim & tall, always in slim fitting outfits, spotting an accent’ that we see so much in lead females these days. I shall leave it there.

Finally on to Anthony Mackie who has been in a lot of movies in recent times…. He’s slowly becoming a household face & soon a household name. Problem is, he may get this household name for being that new black dude always acting the stupid films…See Pain and Gain, & you shall understand.

He’s a decent actor however.

After reading all of this, you may feel that Runner Runner is a very horrible film. It’s not; It’s just the regular run of the mill average movie like most of the others 2013 has dropped so you may as well watch it if you need to, but I believe our search is still on for ‘THAT MOVIE OF 2013’.



Rating: 5.5/10.

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