Chases a New Version of
the American Dream:
Easy, Instant and Limitless Wealth
In today’s post-economic-meltdown world, young people have fewer job options than ever before. But that hasn’t done anything to affect their desire to get-rich-quickly. This generation – consumers from early childhood – is used to getting what they want, when they want it, with the click of a mouse.
In this regard, RUNNER RUNNER is a cautionary tale about the dangers of easy money and unchecked ambition.
The lavish life of RUNNER RUNNER’s gambling kingpin Ivan Block is what RUNNER RUNNER director Brad Furman calls, “the new American dream.” He elaborates: “Technology has led us to a world where everything comes very quickly, which has expedited this concept of the American dream. Young people today want everything faster – especially money.”
Justin Timberlake concurs with Furman’s assessment of the American dream on steroids: “The American dream used to be about being rich and famous, but now it’s to become rich and famous – as quickly as possible. The more access we have to things, the faster we want them. Just touch a button and you can have almost anything shipped to you.”
“Today, people don’t want to own a Cadillac; they want to invent their own car,” Timberlake continues. “A generation of young people wants to start their own galaxy of entrepreneurial activities. People are constantly trying to reinvent the wheel, and things are moving at warp speed. It’s cutthroat. It’s very cerebral and less about integrity, pride or honor, or any moral values.”
Timberlake describes his character’s descent: “Richie is a good guy in the wrong place, trying to do the right thing. He’s constantly trying to hold on to his morals. Richie is a dreamer and an idealist who makes an honest mistake and must figure out how he’s going to get out of it.”