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Runner Runner Trailer Looks Stupid Stupid

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | September 5, 2013 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | September 5, 2013 |

I caught this trailer at the beginning of Getaway, but I’d forgotten about it due to the forget-me-now I popped as soon as I posted the review to the site. (Was it good? Did I try to forget just so I could enjoy watching it for a first time all over again?). But wow, does this trailer ever do its job conveying just how terrible Runner Runner will be as a film:

I mean, I get that it’s a nice turn for Affleck to go villain on us. Even though he can act, a lot of people get a smug vibe off him even in his roles, and when he lets the smug Hulk out to smash like in Boiler Room, it’s a wonderful thing to watch.

On the other hand the entire trailer seems to be about just how monumentally stupid a human being can be in every decision that he faces. First, we have a 32 year old singer playing a 19 year old gambling anonymously on the Internet with the totes foolproof system he developed in order to make tuition money instead of like I don’t know, filling out a FAFSA. It’s like screenwriters have not the slightest clue how college is paid for. Did they not go? Did their parents just cut checks for it? Do they seriously think that the list of options on the table for coming up with tuition money out of pocket are limited to gambling, prostitution, and robbing banks?

And past that, said moron decides that once he’s horribly and unfairly cheated online while he was trying to cheat online, that the only logical course of action is to fly to the island where the website is hosted and politely ask for the money swindled from him that he stole by rights.

It’s too bad he didn’t check his email before leaving, because then he would have bought plane tickets to Nigeria instead where he would have had a much better chance of seeing his money before being shown his own intestines.

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