The movie starring Justin Timberlake, about a math genius at an elite institution of higher learning who gets talked into a gazillion dollar internet scheme and then finds his entire life transformed by selfish ambition?
Runner Runner is basically bizarro Social Network with poker and the FBI.
Ben Affleck stars as a monstrous online poker kingpin who lures vulnerable college student Justin Timberlake into a web of partying, island-hopping, crazy money and also bribery and murder. The flick co-stars Anthony Mackie and Gemma Arterton and was directed by Brad Furman.
The trailer, which was just released on Thursday, is absolutely nuts. Affleck is deliciously evil — he throws a guy into a bay where he gets eaten by crocodiles — and Timberlake is sweetly naïve until he becomes determined to Make Things Right, and Anthony Mackie is once again the supporting character who you just know deserves more screen time.
- President Obama commuted the federal sentences of 111 prisoners, nearing a total of 700 over the course of his presidency.