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Running Scared (2006)

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A Suspense Thriller That Keeps Us Running - for the Secrets

  • Jun 13, 2006
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On the surface RUNNING SCARED is just another action flick with lots of expletives, violence, bloodshed, trauma, and car chases. But attempt to put the movie on 'slow forward' and this hundred miles an hour paced film has a fine sense of pacing and excellent experimental photography, AND a cast that is up to it. Writer/Director knows this genre well and offers up a polished little frightening film.

Joey Gazelle (Paul Walker, finally given a role in which he proves he indeed can act and carry a film!)lives with his wife (Vera Farmiga) and son (Alex Neuberger) and is an apparent mob flunky who hides weapons in his basement to protect the mob. But when one certain pistol, used in severely wounding a cop, is recovered by the next door neighbor's kid Oleg (Cameron Bright) and is used against his abusive Russian father Anzor (Karel Roden, a terrific character actor as well as fine eye candy), the chase begins: Joey must recover the gun at all costs and it is this wild crash of violent events involving mobs, bad cops (Chaz Palminteri), hookers and child molesters that frames the course of the film. And to top it off there is a fine surprise ending.

Paul Walker is excellent and it is good to see a film that is a worthy challenge for his talent as an actor. The entire cast of supporting actors, while they do little but be violent, is fine and the cinematography by Jim Whitaker is creative (at times a bit too creative bordering on kitsch!) and musical score my Mark Isham complete the compelling atmosphere of this surprisingly exciting film. Grady Harp, June 06

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review by . October 15, 2006
posted in Movie Hype
Not for the faint of heart, 'Running Scared' does to gangster shoot-out movies what 'Kill Bill, Vol. 1' did for martial arts. It is a relentlessly bloody, shoot-out rollercoaster romp from the mad genius of writer-director, Wayne Kramer. The action scenes go full-throttle, and the perfected violence is all presented like a paint-ball fight if Pollock were alive to create it. It doesn't spare us any bad language by content or by volume, either. Both the profanity and the racial and ethnic slurs, …
review by . September 25, 2006
Running Scared was one of those movies that I wanted to see but it slipped my mind cause the preview didn't hook me that much. When I saw it in the video store I had to grab it. The most surprising thing about this movie is Paul Walker, he is a mediocre actor if you ask me but in his defense he's been in a lot of teen flicks the past few years. In his most memorable role The Fast and the Furious he was outshined by Vin Diesel but Walker didn't put up much of a fight for best actor in that film. …
review by . July 20, 2006
"Running Scared" defines Cinema Extreme. Why this film didn't do better at the box office is both sad and puzzling. Writer/director Wayne Kramer works both the story and the camera in weird new ways that make the film engaging. He truly sticks to his guns on delivering one of the most uncompromising, memorable and downright brutal thrillers in recent memory.    I wasn't expecting much from this movie with Paul Walker as the star attraction, but this movie was thoroughly entertaining. …
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Grady Harp is a champion of Representational Art in the roles of curator, lecturer, panelist, writer of art essays, poetry, critical reviews of literature, art and music, and as a gallerist. He has presented … more
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Trying to explain the wildly accelerated plot of this non-stop action thriller would be like convincing Quentin Tarantino to retell the saga ofThe Sopranosin 15-minutes or less. Don't misunderstand,Running Scaredwastes little time on the nuanced details that make the violent, narratively precise, and intricately characterized world ofThe Sopranosso stylish and compelling. But boy, does it have style to spare, not to mention plenty of violence, narrative, and a cast of characters that all engage in a heady battle for your attention. Paul Walker has the unenviable task of fleshing out the role of a low-level mob flunky who's assigned to get rid of a gun that was involved in a bloody drug deal gone bad. When he botches even that little job, it's not just his wife who gets mad at him. Creepily threatened kids, put-upon women who save the day, and an array of pimps, hookers, sleazy gangsters and dirty cops straight ouuta central casting are all part of the intricate jumble of the story (not to mention bullet-time close-ups and a nifty scene that imparts the inherent danger of hockey pucks in a whole new light). It's hard to believe this outlandish piece of ultraviolence came from writer/director Wayne Kramer, the same creative mind that gave us the smooth little caper flickThe Cooler. Don't think about that too hard though. Considering the madcap rush ofRunning Scared's wicked fun and inspired lunacy, you won't have the time to anyway.--Ted Fry
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Genre: Foreign
DVD Release Date: June 6, 2006
Runtime: 122 minutes
Studio: New Line Home Video
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