Runner Runner Friday, 03 April 2020

Runner Runner

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong coarse language and sex scene.

  • The pitch:

    Rich gambles.

  • Starring:

    Justin Timberlake, Ben Affleck, Gemma Arterton, Anthony Mackie, Michael Esper, Oliver Cooper, Christian George, Yul Vazquez, John Heard, James Molina, Sam Palladio

  • Directed by:

    Brad Furman

  • Running time:

    91 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are kidnapped, hooded, kneed, hit with objects, punched, wrestled, kicked, beaten, tied up, pushed, shoved, tormented, dowsed in animal fat, pursued, slapped, held at gunpoint. Animals are shot at, crocodile attack, cockfighting. A room is trashed, properties are raided. Bribing, fraud, racketeering, money laundering, blackmail, counterfeit money. Screaming. Blood/gore: Bloody faces, bloody grazes, mauled leg, bruising. A fish is gutted, animals are fed dead chickens.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Video footage of a threesome, prostitution. Passionate kissing, flirting. Topless women, shirtless men. Skimpy clothing, revealing outfits, skimpy bikinis, swimwear, cleavage. Oral sex mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Bag of heroin. Gambling (poker, craps, blackjack, cockfighting), card counting. Alcohol (beer, wine, champagne, spirits, shots). Smoking (cigars, cigarettes). Fatal drug overdose, bookmaking mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, s-words, a-words, bastard. Name-calling, objectification. Derogatory term for women, derogatory term for foreigners, slang terms for genitals. Gender, police, student, ethnic, cultural, business stereotypes. Obscene finger gesture. Religious exclamations.

  • THEMES:

    Online gambling, betting, fraud, racketeering, bribes, poker, craps, marketing, college campus life, hustling, blackmail, betrayal, data analysis, tuition, greed, corruption, parties, scams, payoffs, trust, revenge.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Cemetery, casino settings. Planes, lightning, thunder. Dogs, horses, crocodiles. Sideshow, fairground performers, fire breathing. Meat roasting on spit seen. Some Spanish language (subtitled). Some shaky camerawork.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Glossy, light, energetic, watchable. Mildly entertaining, intriguing setup, some inventive framing and editing, enticing visuals, well researched.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Mindless, gratuitous, disjointed, frenetic, repetitive, tedious, mediocre, derivative, vacant, forgettable, hollow, incomplete, disappointing, sketchy. Thin plot, clumsy storytelling, unlikeable characters, lacklustre chemistry between leads, illogical narrative, forced tension, missed opportunities, anti-climactic conclusion, lazy performance from Affleck.

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