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Plot: A low-ranking thug is entrusted by his crime boss to dispose of a gun that killed corrupt cops, but things get out of control when the gun ends up in wrong hands. Runtime: 122 mins Release Date: 23 Nov 2006
A two hour thrill ride that doesn't relent for a minute. (by cshuman-1)
This was an extremely graphically violent film with some gratuitous nudity. A lot of extremely well played roles. characters were simple with complex backgrounds. It kept me on the edge of my seat for the entire film wondering what was next. I left feeling like I had just had a two hour seizure. Every time you thought you had it figured out it threw a curve at you. From beginning to end it was fabulous and realistic. Paul Walker gave an excellent performance and you really got into his skin. The supporting cast was excellent, development of the characters rolled out in a believable manner <more>
with out a bunch of unnecessary revelations. I will buy this movie when it comes out on DVD. If you enjoyed Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction you will probably really enjoy this film.
I was a big fan of Tarantino after seeing "Resevoir Dogs" and "Pulp Fiction". "Running Scared" is certainly in that same vein, and it also reminds me of John Woo's "The Killer". But where this film lacks the dialog of a Tarantino film, it is a lot more visually stylish than anything QT has ever done. There are great transitions, effective dynamic time warping speed up or slow down a shot, like a bullet flying through the air , and if you thought Maynard, Zed, and the Gimp were bizarre in "Pulp Fiction", wait until you meet the creepy <more>
married couple who through their sick hobby make every other evil character in this film look like Buddhist Monks. It's a fast, furiously-paced film, certainly aptly titled. A great cast, beginning with Paul Walker and Vera Farmiga. And certainly the main kids stand their ground, especially Cameron Bright. Also worth mentioning is the end title sequence animated by Gary Hebert. Bottom line, if you were disappointed by films like "Kill Bill" and "Sin City", films you really wanted to like but found them too cartoonishly clichéd, you'll be more than satisfied with "Running Scared". It's sharp and engaging.
Those who dismiss this classic film, and it really is destined to be a cult classic are perhaps properly outraged by the characters that Wayne Kramer populates this film with. Drug addicts, hookers, mobsters, wife beaters, pedophiles, crooked cops and pimps cross the path of Oleg and Joey as they run through the city looking to stay alive. Tarantino comparisons will abound as with any clever and violent film these days, but Wayne Kramer imprints Running Scared with his own wonderful style. I watched Richard Roeper give this a thumbs down by saying that Kramer throws in everything but the <more>
kitchen sink, I wholeheartedly agree but consider that a compliment. The climactic finale that takes place in a hockey rink starts off reminding me of one of my favorite scenes from another cult classic Philip Kaufman's "The Wanderers" which was derived from "The Hustler", but it only starts off there, and then it becomes perhaps the best all out violent mess that has ever been filmed. I can't say enough about this film. I even thought Paul Walker was terrific. He shows promise that he has never shown before by eschewing the pretty boy shtick. I just watched the film a second time upon it's DVD release which is something I seldom do, and I realized that Kramer views the film as a fairy tale. The evil characters are so over the top. They are the creatures of the night that populate our nightmares as opposed to the evil actually populating the streets. The film is about legends and myth. If the bad guys are the ones portrayed in the film, the good guys are John Wayne. If this sounds a little strange just watch the ending credits carefully.People will discover this film. It is pure testosterone. But it sure kicks ass. I liked Wayne Kramer's the Cooler a lot as a simple character piece. I also enjoyed Mindhunters more than most, but now I anxiously await his next film. I think Wayne Kramer is going to create a great body of work over the next few years.
This movie is definitely more violent than the ones I normally go to I'm a woman in her 50's but I really enjoyed this one. It kept me on the edge of my seat through the whole movie. A couple of times I even jumped in my seat. Paul Walker was great - he seemed perfect for the part. I hadn't seen him in movies before but I'm definitely a fan now. The story has a definite twist which kept me interested. If you can get past the violence and some nudity, I'd really recommend it. Lot of action and suspense and a good story line. The theater was full when I went and the <more>
audience clapped for the movie at the end - which means most of them enjoyed it too.
This movie is probably one of the best I've seen in a long while. The action scenes were in your face and looked pretty damn realistic. The special effects were freaking awesome and the director did some really cool stuff which will blow you away. The acting was very believable and the plot worked very well. It reminded me of Training Day the way the story unfolded while we went along for the ride. The plot is freaking awesome and I can't wait to get the DVD. An AWESOME movie!! Definitely must watch this again. The thing to remember when you watch this movie is that it's a ride <more>
just sit and enjoy it. I've never felt a need to promote a movie but this one is too good to let others miss it. It is painful to watch in some scenes and at times you're actually totally disgusted once you figure out what's going on. It's crazy the emotions that this movie brings out.
It would be an absolute shame if this rough diamond is ignored! (by Rimbaud90)
I'm not quite sure why I went to see this film, It has been poorly marketed apart from the slightly misleading trailers on t.v., I have seen no other advertising for it and the fact that I could not find one single review for it was entirely off putting. However, I went along with a friend, who is not a big action movie fan and was more unsure than myself of what we where going to see. What we did see was one of the most shocking, gripping, disturbing and quite frankly oddest films we've seen in a while. Paul Walker who by the way was on top form and giving his best performance to <more>
date plays a bottom of the ladder criminal. Walker is told to get rid of a 'hot gun' that was used to shoot a 'dirty cop' during a drug deal gone wrong. He stashes it in his basement without the knowledge that he is being watched by his son and his son's friend Oleg played by the staggering Cameron Bright . Oleg steals the gun and shoots his own abusive father with it. Oleg in-turn goes on the run, it is then a race against time for walker, who needs to get the gun back so it can't be traced back to him or his goons. This film has a very original feel to it whilst at the same time borrowing from recent directors. For example the action sequences are superb but look like they've been pulled from a John Woo movie. When the action and shocks stop the film does drag a little. It feels like the writer had a load of different ideas for scenes in his head but wasn't quite sure how to sow them together. So what you left with is a film that is excellent in parts, drags in others and has some surprising moments of genius. Quite how well some of the delicate subject matter is going to be received is left to be seen, but I just hope that Running Scared is not dismissed as "another action movie Paul walker vehicle", it is not without it's fault's, but it does not deserve to be ignored.
Nobody makes movies like Running Scared any more. Five years ago, this film would've been toned down by whichever studio released it in order for it to receive the lowest certificate possible. Bravo, then, to writer/director Wayne Kramer for sticking to his guns and delivering one of the most uncompromising, memorable and downright brutal thrillers in recent memory.Joey Paul Walker is a small-time mobster hired to dispose of 'hot' guns for his bosses. One of these weapons with particular value over all the others falls into the hands of his son's best friend and is used to <more>
startling effect. Here is where the real fun starts. Joey can find neither the child nor the weapon in question, and he has only 18 hours before either the police, the Russian mafia or his own employers catch up with him.Walker is surprisingly impressive considering the strictly one-dimensional roles he played in movies such as The Fast And The Furious and Into The Blue. Here he plays Joey as someone well aware of his impending death should he fail, and throughout he is totally watchable and believable. No more will audiences giggle to themselves every time he delivers a dud of a line.The story occasionally flags, particularly in the middle of the film, but Kramer is not afraid to play with the camera-work to keep the audience's attention - whip-pans, CSI-style extreme close-ups, super slow-motion, sepia filters and colour bleaching are all used to give the film a gritty and somewhat unique look - take, for instance, the kitchen shooting about half an hour into the film, played from multiple viewpoints in both forward and reverse.The film's charcoal-dark tone may be too relentless for some viewers, and the paedophilia subplot could be considered as taking things one step too far, but as long as you've got a strong stomach and can face hearing lashings of creative swearing, there's a lot of enjoyment to be found here. Unbearably tense, visually inventive and superbly acted from start to finish, Running Scared is the first real surprise of 2006 - it pulls no punches and thrills from its excessively bloody opening to its foul-mouthed conclusion.
The gangster Joey Gazelle Paul Walker is in charge of getting rid of the guns that killed dirty cops in a transaction of drugs between Italian mobsters and Afro-Americans. However, Joey hides the guns in the basement of his house instead of throwing in the river, and his ten years old son Nicky Alex Neuberger and his best friend Oleg Yugorsky Cameron Bright witness Joey hiding the gun. When Oleg's abusive stepfather Anzor Yugorsky Karel Roden beats his mother Mila Ivana Milicevic , Oleg steals the weapon from the basement and shoots Anzor, running away home with the gun. Along <more>
the night, Joey, the Russian and the Italian mobster and the dirty cops chase the little boy trying to retrieve the gun and disclose who ordered the boy to shoot his stepfather."Running Scared" is a great surprise and pure action, recalling the style of "Pulp Fiction" and "Reservoir Dogs". The camera work is stylish and amazing, and the gore story in spite of having many clichés is engaging with great lines. Paul Walker is excellent in this type of role, and I particularly loved the scene of Teresa Gazelle Vera Farmiga with the two pornographers, when she calls 911. My vote is eight.Title Brazil : "No Rastro da Bala" "In the Tail of the Bullet"
I went into this movie knowing nothing at all about it despite working in a cinema and it totally blew me away. The violence is turned up to 11 from the opening scene. If you like the Sam Pekinpah/John Woo/Robert Rodriquez style of violence, then you'll love this. Shot using a mix of ultra-cool slow-mo, reverse time, bullet-tracing effects and just about every other possible trick, the movie is a real visual treat. One particularly bloody sequence is even shot under UV light so the gore has less impact on the viewer thus passing the censors. A technique used previously in Kill Bill. <more>
Writer/director Wayne Kramer has clearly been influenced by the extremes of Asian cinema from such directors as Takashi Miike and has brought this style of film-making boldly to western audiences which is why this won't be to everyone's taste . Kramer is clearly a talent to watch out for proving himself to be a great director shooting from his own solid script and getting strong performances from the cast, young and old. Paul Walker gives his best performance yet, playing against type and convincingly putting aside his good guy image. This film will likely get overlooked due to very little publicity but I urge anyone with a love for cinema and a strong stomach to track down and watch this film. You won't be disappointed. A future cult classic.