It’s been a great year or so for Justin Timberlake. He’s just released a successful new album, and he’s done some big things in the movie business. He’s headlined some pretty good movies, such as ‘In Time’ and he’s managed to land roles in more critically respected items such as the Coen Brothers latest, ‘Inside Llewyn Davis.’ Now he will star alongside Ben Affleck, in ‘Runner, Runner’ a film where he plays a broke college student who heads to overseas to meet the man who cheated him in an online poker game.
Timberlake has always pretty much been the definition of style, and that trend is unlikely to change here. Although he plays a poor college student, the films trailer bursts with style and flavor and we get the sense that as things unfold, JT will take full advantage of his riches on screen. It looks like a classic case of decent guy who ends up hanging with the wrong crowd, and has to take desperate measures to free himself. While this formula has been done almost too many times, the online gambling spin is pretty interesting and the actors involved should help to freshen things up a little bit.
Ben Affleck enters as a villain here, which is a role he hasn’t done that much recently, but he is certainly capable of channeling a little bit of douche-bag when needed. His scenes in the trailer, particularly the one where he guarantees JT a certain amount of earnings is eerily familiar, drawing comparison to his role in Boiler Room. Only here it seems to be a little more, well, bad.
Adding a feminine touch to the film is the beautiful Gemma Arterton, who is also a bit of a rising star, after playing supporting roles in films like ‘Quantum of Solace’ and ‘Prince of Persia’ and also picking up a starring role alongside Jeremy Renner in ‘Hansel and Gretel.’ She is likely going to be a love interest for JT, who appears to be forbidden by the fact that she bears some form of connection to Affleck’s criminal affairs. Again, a classic cliche, but this doesn’t mean it won’t be enjoyable.
Overall, the trailer looks promising. It does have the potential to be a let down, as it will be important to do something original with an unoriginal concept. But one has to believe with the stars involved, and Brad Furman, director of ‘The Lincoln Lawyer’ at the helm, it won’t disappoint.
Check out the trailer here: