Runner Runner Makes A Mockery Of Costa Rica According To Government OfficialDecember 10, 2014 1:08 pm
A story which appeared on Costa Rican newspaper insidecostarica.com has claimed the government is outraged by the movie Runner Runner, which starred Justin Timberlake, Ben Affleck and Gemma Arterton. And no, it’s not because of the film’s bland, flimsy, paint-by-numbers portrayal of the world of online gambling, but because of its depiction of the country as a haven for prostitutes and criminals.
Such has been the level of outrage that the Costa Rican Minister of Public Security, Celso Gambo, felt compelled to weigh in on the issue, and drew attention to the movie scenes showing prostitution, drug abuse and police corruption. Bringing the legality of Runner Runner into question, Gambo said:
“The unauthorized use of the police insignia is unlawful, and that no Costa Rican officials had granted their permission for the insignia and uniforms to be used in the film. Instead of drawing attention to our country for its flora and fauna, they tarnish the image of our civilian police. It is a way of telling criminals and drug addicts that Costa Rica is perfect for such behavior. We want this to be fixed because you don’t mock our country.”
Interestingly, a reporter at Costa Rica’s most post popular newspaper Diario Extra must have given Runner Runner a cursory glance and mistaken it for a porno film, with an excerpt from the Diario Extra article, stating:
“In what seems to be an erotic movie filmed in another country, the authorities from our country are shown very critically, with some of the actors even wearing uniforms with our flag and police insignia.”
Needless to say, recent accusations by the Costa Rican minister is as much attention that the movie has received in recent times, with the $30 million flop garnering little interest from moviegoers and receiving a paltry 5.6 rating on IMDB.