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04 November 2013

movie review: runner runner.

While I was in Little Rock this past weekend, Britney and I found ourselves with a few hours to kill on Saturday afternoon and nowhere to go. We were downtown around 3pm and were planning on attending a get-together in North Little Rock around 6.30pm, which left us with about 3.5 hours on our hands. Since we were staying in Roland, a 30-minute drive in the opposite direction, going home wasn't an option. We needed food and a bit of a pick-me-up after a morning that saw us driving to Conway and not finding a dresser for Bee and then attending the Cornbread Festival, spending $10 to get in, and ultimately not getting any cornbread. So Slim Chickens was on the menu. But that only solved part of our problem. Bee wanted to get some sheets for her futon [she's moving this week, hence all the house-related errands] and various other knickknacks, so we decided to find a way to kill a few hours in NLR before going to her friend's house.

And then inspiration struck. The Dollar Theater in North Little Rock!

The Dollar Theater has been a go-to when we've been looking for things to do without having to spend a ton of money. They show "recent" releases - within the last 3-6 months for a steeply discounted price, and while it's not the fanciest of places, it certainly gets the job done. Sidenote: the movies actually cost $1.75, so the name is only slightly misleading.

Upon scrolling through the options, we decided that Runner Runner would be our best bet. The timing worked with our makeshift schedule, it had Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck in it, and the trailer looked interesting.

And that's pretty much where the positive accolades ended.

For me, the movie was all-over-the-place. The scenes were choppy and didn't blend together, making it seem as though we missed big chunks of the plot or just had to assume things happened without us knowing. The camera work in a few of the scenes was pretty terrible [including one particular awful time lapse shot]. I love me some JT, but he's not a great dramatic actor - although to be fair, his character wasn't great in this movie. None of the characters were well-developed. I don't know enough about poker and online gaming to be able to keep up with the lingo, and buzzwords were tossed around like they're nothing [and we all know how I feel about buzzwords], expecting the audience to have an inherent knowledge of these things. A lot of things are left unanswered. And to be honest, it just didn't make sense.

I walked out of there being so glad that my brother and I didn't go see it over the summer as we intended and that it only set me back a dollar seventy-five. When movies are that cheap, you can laugh it off if they're not good; if you pay full-price, it can be upsetting when they fail to keep you entertained.

There is, however, one good thing I can say about it: it was only 90 minutes long.

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