Before Ben Affleck was chosen to play the masked protagonist, Batman, he was already done filming the Runner Runner with Friends with Benefits sexy leading man, Justine Timberlake. Runner Runner is actually anticipated by a lot, not only from the film industry or from the fans of both hunky actors but from the U.S gaming officials as well. Yes, you read it right, the U.S gaming officials wanted to capitalize on the release of this movie, hoping that it would somehow draw the attention of the Congress and eventually act on the issues on regulating the online gaming which is until now disregarded by the authorities.
It was said that never in the minds of the writes to attract the attention of the U.S gaming officials while penning the script. They just initially wanted to show the possible situations where online gamers might be experiencing as of the moment. Likewise, it was told that they desired to show the world that online gaming is of no difference to actual when it comes to addiction. Online or traditional gaming, both methods will consume everything that players have if gone overboard.
The film was actually written by the great minds behind Rounders, Brian Koppelman and David Levien, and starred by Justine Timberlake, Gemma Arterton and Ben Affleck. It is directed by Brad Furman and produced by Jennifer DavidssonKilloran, Leonardo DiCaprio and Michael Shamberg. The story revolves around the chase of Richie (Timberlake) a Princeton grad student and the gambling mogul, Ivan Block (Affleck). The latter was settled in Costa Rica when followed by the former to discuss his losses in online poker; had staked all his tuition money and was cheated, unknowing of the possibilities to get under the fraudulent and manipulative hands of Block and ensnared in the filthy and harsh atmosphere of gambling. Ivan runs the website and had already victimized a lot of online gamers. In one of the scenes, Ivan did a pep talk to Richie while in the midst of breathtaking encounter, “If your boss says you gotta go out there and take a beating, take it and then say, ‘do you need me to take it again?”
The movie is expected to be premiered on the 27th of September, this year wherein U.S gaming officials are anticipated to attend to the said showing. Of course, the people behind the making of this film will surely feel honored for unexpectedly, they have contributed to the betterment of the country aside from entertaining people.
Surely, the film will not flop. Base on the waves of attention it got from the different sectors, a lot of movie goers, and definitely government officials will take a break to see what the movie is all about.
Moreover, if your quizzical mind is confused as to why the movie is entitled Runner Runner, it is because; according to makers, like a cat-mouse situation, Richie chases Ivan and had a sudden change of situation which made Ivan chases Richie.