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Film review

Boring ‘Runner Runner’ goes nowhere fast

From left, Justin Timberlake, Ben Affleck and Gemma Arterton star in "Runner Runner."
Photographer: 20th Century Fox
From left, Justin Timberlake, Ben Affleck and Gemma Arterton star in "Runner Runner."
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In “Runner Runner,” a Princeton math genius (Justin Timberlake) who has cultivated a lucrative side gig via online poker loses his life savings and flies to Costa Rica to confront the magnate (Ben Affleck) who may have cheated him out of his money. In its early moments, the movie evokes everything from “The Social Network” to “Casino.” By the end, the film has become as exciting as a game of Old Maid. R-rated thrillers are ...

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