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Theatrical Release: October 4, 2013
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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.

Dove Review

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.

Content Description

Sex: Strong sexuality including sexual comments and a man having sex with two women; in one scene a woman with exposed breasts and rear has fairly graphic sex with man; talk of prostitution.
Language: G/OG-1; Ch*ist (Used with the F bomb a couple of times)-4; F-84 (one used in a sexual way); S-23; H-6; A-4; Ba*tard-4; Slang for female genitalia-3; Slang for male genitalia-1
Violence: Several scenes involving characters being punched and kicked; a characters is grabbed and a hood put over his face; two men are thrown into the water with a crocodile and one is killed and the other is pulled out with blood seen; some bloody scenes.
Drugs: Many drinking scenes including wine and beer and whiskey; heroin is planted in a man's luggage by a cop; cigar and cigarette smoking.
Nudity: Woman's bare breasts are seen; rear female nudity; cleavage; women in bikinis and swimwear; shirtless men.
Other: A few jump scenes and one involves a crocodile; disrespect of certain characters to others; gambling.


Company: 20th Century Fox
Writer: Brian Koppelman & David Levien
Director: Brad Furman
Genre: Action
Runtime: 91 min.
Industry Rating: R
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter