Running time: 91 minutes
Starring: Ben Affleck, Justin Timberlake, Gemma Arterton, Anthony Mackie
Who to see it with: Someone who wanted a little more intrigue and sexy in their Rounders
I'm a big Justin Timberlake fan and he doesn't disappoint. He's fun to watch (as always) and plays a fairly convincing smooth financial genius. Affleck is also very good as Ivan; he is a cool mogul at times and a calculating underworld businessman when he has to be more ruthless. The two have a great rapport, especially early on in the film, and seeing them both on screen is probably the highlight of the movie. Some of the supporting characters are less convincing-- Anothony Mackie (who I generally really enjoy) is a little too over the top--but luckily the main characters are fun to see. The plot is surprisingly slow; Richie is introduced to Ivan's world carefully and deliberately. It's kind of admirable that the movie doesn't rise and fall like a roller coaster, but the danger in the film seems to ratchet up slowly and doesn't really reach a noticeable climax. The ending is fine, with a few fun surprises, but it kind of stops abruptly after such a long build up. Overall, the movie is a fun adventure, with some good acting, but I wouldn't go all in to see it.