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Running Scared (2006)
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Review Date: February 23, 2006
Director: Wayne Kramer
Writer: Wayne Kramer
Producers: Sammy Lee, Michael Pierce, Brett Ratner
Actors:
Paul Walker as Joey
Vera Farmiga as Teresa
Chazz Palminteri as Rydell
Plot:
A low-level gangster who hides guns for the mob after they’ve been used to whack people, doesn’t get rid of one such pistol adequately enough, and ends up having to chase it – and the kid who swiped it from him – around his seedy little town for the rest of the movie. A well-deserved R-rated crime flick ensues with plenty of violence for grown ups, as well as some T&A for the kids. Oh, and pedophilia, hockey pucks and a shot of Paul Walker’s ass for the messed up mofo in all of us!
Critique:
Holy violence, Batman!! I don’t remember the last time that a movie went “all-out” on violence in this vein, but if films like TRUE ROMANCE and DOMINO are your sort of party favor, I see no reason why you wouldn’t have a blast watching this violent-laden hard-R sexual perversion of a Hollywood flick that is also surprisingly, entertaining and memorable in many ways. Credit writer/director Wayne Kramer (the same guy who wrote and directed the casino romance/drama THE COOLER?) with plenty for this one, as the film oozes in stylized direction, with its opening scene shootout providing an excellent sample of what’s to come with bullet Points-Of-View, guys flying through the air in slow-motion after being shot and plenty of blood, guts and quick-cuts for the whole family—if your family is a fucked-up set of fun-loving violent-seeking movie-lovers, that is. Credit Paul Walker as well, who shows up in every scene, and unlike his earlier “wooden acting” gigs, actually comes through as a dude caught up in and over his neck, and running, jumping, shooting and swearing his ass off in every single scene, with plenty of grit, shit and believability backing it all up.

Kudos also go out to the charismatic Vera Farmiga, who manages to inject a little femininity into the proceedings, and that’s despite starting out as your run-of-the-mill MILF with a deep caring for her kid and a great ass. She ultimately gets thrown into some of the violence herself, and takes part in one of the more memorable scenes from any movie over the past 12 months. I don’t want to give any of it away, but let’s just say that it involves pedophilia and hopefully that’s “enough said”, if you know what I mean. The surreal nature of that entire sequence was also complimented with another very memorable scene nearing the end of the film, featuring Walker, a bunch of mob bad guys with guns, a hockey rink, blacklight and ice-skaters with pucks ready to slapshot the shit out of someone’s face. Yet another classic scenario…bravo, Mr. Kramer! What didn’t really work for me? Well, I hate to say it, but…the kids. Not in terms of their acting per se, because both of the kids were pretty good (although the kid from GODSEND and BIRTH never seems to have any emotion on his face, no matter what happens!), but just having them around all the way through, including scenes featuring pimps, hookers, strippers, child abuse, profanity galore, violence super-galore, T&A&B and plenty of guns in faces and blood all around. It just made me feel uncomfortable to have them around all of that—kinda like watching a sex scene on the tube with your parents sitting around you, know what I mean?

The film’s ending also seemed to have 2-3 different conclusions, which ultimately turned out okay, but as it was switching from one to the other, I was sorta rolling my eyes in anticipation of the “real one” (the whole thing also runs close to 2 hours). It’s also overloaded with seedy characters and gritty parts of town, which some might find unbelievable, but I just saw as a real-life SIN CITY and rode along. All that said, if you enjoy your films violent, if you don’t mind hearing the word “fuck” inserted into every other line, if Paul Walker’s ass and sweet-looking face don’t bother you much and you love over-stylized gunshots and action sequences, RUNNING SCARED is likely to be one big ol’ kinetic romp of bloody fun that’ll have you pulling out the Kleenex and appreciating all over the place.
(c) 2017 Berge Garabedian
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9:31AM on 06/21/2006
I actually enjoyed this action thriller - much to my suprise. It's a pretty good action flick with plenty of shooting, chasing, blood and brains, and some definitely interesting characters.

I'll give props to Paul Walker; he really comes through in this dark thriller as a guy trying to find a gun while trying to save his skin and that of his family. He showed plenty of range while going through all the crap his character had to go through, such as taking evidence, dealing with mob
I actually enjoyed this action thriller - much to my suprise. It's a pretty good action flick with plenty of shooting, chasing, blood and brains, and some definitely interesting characters.

I'll give props to Paul Walker; he really comes through in this dark thriller as a guy trying to find a gun while trying to save his skin and that of his family. He showed plenty of range while going through all the crap his character had to go through, such as taking evidence, dealing with mob superiors, having a hockey puck slapped at his face, chasing Mexicans, pimps, and a 9-year old. And it wasn't just him; his wife had to deal with some messed up stuff too, particularly a really sick ass couple.

It's an interesting storyline - guy trying to recover a gun not only used to kill some cops, but also used to shoot a Russian. There some pretty violent scenes, especially the ending when everything comes to blows - that where the hockey pucks come in. There are some tangents to the movie; one of the biggest follows the 9 year old, who has the stolen gun, while he hides from cops, the mob, and whoever else is chasing him.

The final shootout is violent as hell, but the ending to the whole shibang is a little much for my taste. It doesn't take away too much from the movie though. The director has some kickass style in his visuals, cinematography, writing, and editing and it brings something extra to the movie. It's an exciting action thriller with some cool shootouts, interesting characters, and trippy visuals. Pretty good flick.
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2:26AM on 06/17/2006
So far, I think this may be the best film of 2006 (maybe not against V for Vendetta), at least until Clerks 2 comes out. Hell, I should give this film a 10 just for making Paul Walker act. I used to say that the guy failed the Keanu Reeves school of acting. I recant that statement (then again, now I actually love Keanu, too)
So far, I think this may be the best film of 2006 (maybe not against V for Vendetta), at least until Clerks 2 comes out. Hell, I should give this film a 10 just for making Paul Walker act. I used to say that the guy failed the Keanu Reeves school of acting. I recant that statement (then again, now I actually love Keanu, too)
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7:57PM on 03/02/2006
A fairly decent crime thriller/drama but it did have some significant flaws. It's a very stylized movie, infact it's too stylized. Some of it got quite irritating. And I found a lot of the movie to be incredibly contrived. It's just got too much the amount of bad luck and trouble Cameron Bright's character got himself into. And there are some pretty big holes in the story especially after a pretty big twist is revealed towards the end. Still, this is an energetic and wildly entertaining
A fairly decent crime thriller/drama but it did have some significant flaws. It's a very stylized movie, infact it's too stylized. Some of it got quite irritating. And I found a lot of the movie to be incredibly contrived. It's just got too much the amount of bad luck and trouble Cameron Bright's character got himself into. And there are some pretty big holes in the story especially after a pretty big twist is revealed towards the end. Still, this is an energetic and wildly entertaining ride with some really great and intense moments (the pedophiles scene despite being unnecessary to the story was very effective nonetheless and the hockey rink scene was incredible!).
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