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Running Scared (2006)

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This movie is RAW and not for children

  • Jul 20, 2006
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"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. 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 watch able and believable. Cameron Bright steals the show every time he appears on screen, that boy is so talented.

The story might flag at times, 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 color 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 pedophile 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 great action/thriller. For some this may not be the best movie ever made, but out of thousands of movies I've seen, this one falls into my most memorable one.

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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 . June 13, 2006
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 …
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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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