Princeton grad student Richie, believing he’s been swindled, travels to Costa Rica to confront online gambling tycoon Ivan Block. Richie is seduced by Block’s promise of immense wealth, until he learns the disturbing truth about his benefactor. When the FBI tries to coerce Richie to help bring down Block, Richie faces his biggest gamble ever: attempting to outmaneuver the two forces closing in on him.
This fast-paced thriller features some tension but could use a bit more of it. Richie Furst (Justin Timberlake) has lousy timing. Every time he is making it big financially, something goes wrong. He is a graduate from Princeton and believes he’s been duped so he makes a trip to Costa Rica to see a big man in the gambling world named Ivan Block (Ben Affleck). He learns some shady secrets about Block and soon the FBI enlists him to help bag Block. Richie begins to feel the pressure of dealing with both sides. Affleck gives a believable nuanced performance as Block.
This movie is basically about the high stakes of online gambling. It has some interesting moments and Timberlake is fine in the role but unfortunately the sex, language, violence, drug and nudity categories all are outside our Dove perimeters for family friendly viewing.