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Thursday, September 26, 2013

“Runner Runner”

I would like to thank Nuffnang Philippines and Globe for inviting us to see the movie “Runner Runner” at the Shangri-La EDSA Mall last night. The film stars Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck and it’s about a Princeton student who’s very good at math and statistics.

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Richie Furst (Justin Timberlake) is also into online poker. He was cheated by the owner of an online poker site named Ivan Block (Ben Affleck) and he went all the way to Costa Rica to confront him. He then learns the secret of the business and how corrupt a nation could be because of gambling.

The film answers questions on why a lot of casinos are located in the Caribbean and also shows how money can corrupt a nation (much like what’s happening with the PDAF scam here in the Philippines). It also shows how willing the US government could go as far as protecting its citizens against fraud and money laundering.

What I like about the movie is how it portrays what’s going on inside the gambling industry, including the online version. It also shows that money can bribe almost everyone. Justin Timberlake is also good at portraying a genius student.

What I don’t like about the movie is the lack of action scenes that would give an adrenaline rush. The film also reminds me of Facebook games like Texas HoldEm Poker. If I would be asked to rate this movie 1 to 5, 5 being the highest, I would probably give it 3.

Thanks again Nuffnang Philippines and Globe for this movie event. I hope to see you again soon in another movie sponsored by Globe, my current mobile and Internet provider, and Nuffnang, the best online advertising company.

Justin Timberlake is good at portraying geniuses like Richie Furst.

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