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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
Bizarre and Surreal ... But Also Corny Bottom line: If you're looking for a good popcorn action movie, pick this up ... now! There is no reason to give this movie a bad review, so I'm not going to. It's obvious that the director valued style over substance. But there's nothing wrong with that ... after all ... it is a very visually stylish movie. The ending WAS pretty corny, unecessary, unrealisting, and dragged on for about 15 minutes too long ... but, again, I really think the director was just openly and unabashedly toying with the audience at that point. Other than that ... there IS a scene in this movie that's so good it also makes the movie a must-see. I wont go into great detail, but it is one of the eeriest scenes I've seen in a film in a long time ... and yet somehow (especially given the graphic nature of the rest of the film) subtle. I mean, Kubrick would have loved this scene ... and so did I, especially because Paul Walker wasnt in it. Check it out.
BEST MOVIE YET This movie had you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. I LOVE IT! I talk about this movie all the time. When people ask me what is it about I always tell them, "It's about a gun."....lol I don't like to give out more information than that.A great movie for videogame numbards! Any simpleminded bigot who has delusions of the way Russian Americans and Italian Americans behave in New York will find this two-hour music video hugely entertaining. But mostly, it's a giant bore, from the laughably intense scene examining John Wayne films to the tired finale. The whole thing reeks. Mobman Joey Gazelle (Paul Walker) hurries to retrieve a gun he hid in his basement before it falls into the wrong hands. Too bad that he's so despicable that nobody cares, including the audience.