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Director: Wayne Kramer
Publisher: New Line Home Video
Studio: New Line Home Video
Manufacturer: New Line Home Video
Label: New Line Home Video
Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, Ntsc
Language: English (Original Language)
Rating: R (Restricted)
Running Time: 122 minutes
Number Of Items: 1
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Shipping Weight (lbs): 0.2
Dimensions (in): 7.1 x 5.4 x 0.6
Release Date: June 6, 2006 (New: Last 30 Days)
Theatrical Release Date: February 24, 2006
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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 of The Sopranos in 15-minutes or less. Don't misunderstand, Running Scared wastes little time on the nuanced details that make the violent, narratively precise, and intricately characterized world of The Sopranos so 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 flick The Cooler. Don't think about that too hard though. Considering the madcap rush of Running Scared's wicked fun and inspired lunacy, you won't have the time to anyway. --Ted Fry
Slick, fast-paced and brutally shocking, this gritty actioner will jolt your senses like nothing else you've ever experienced. Struggling mob hand Joey Gazelle (Paul Walker) finds his life turned inside-out when a "hot" weapon he's in charge of concealing goes missing. With two mafia families and a team of crooked cops watching his every move, Joey sets out on a chilling, bloody pursuit, maneuvering his way through a horrific web of creeps and criminals, praying he can retrieve the gun and make it home to his family -- alive.
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Too Long June 26, 2006
0 out of 6 found this review helpful
This movie was too long and there were too many characters in it. It would've been interesting if the Muppets were thrown in there, you know, for some humor. Thanks to the dumb rappers, I got to hear a white guy call another white guy the n-word. Other than that, this movie is too dark and no children should've starred in it. Adult midgets should've been used instead. There was too much second-hand smoke going around too. Anyway, if dude would've gotten rid of the gun in the first place, he wouldn't have had no problems.
Running Scared takes you on one hell of an action packed thrill ride! June 26, 2006
2 out of 2 found this review helpful
Running Scared is one of the most intense movies I have seen in some time. What I liked about Running Scared is that it kept my attention almost the entire time, and if a movie can do that to me it has to be a really good flick. I don't want to give the details of the movie away since many reviewes have done that, and I don't want to ruin it for those who have not seen it. I will say this movie is intense and throws some major stuff at you that makes you at times find it very hard to watch. The movie is filmed very different than most movies today and it has sort of a raw feel to it. Paul Walker does a truly amazing job in his performance and deserves an OSCAR or at least a Oscar nomination for his performance. That may sound far fetched to some doubters, but really he is that good. He shows when given great material he can be one hell of an actor. He truly embodies this character and to see him with this high stress level throughout the movie and be able to maintain it just makes me respect his acting more than I thought I ever could. TO be honest I am surprised the movie got an R rating and not a Unrated or NC-17 rating. The movie has more bad words than any movie I can remember in recent memory. As for the blood and violence there is quite a bit, but it is done with a purpose and not just for the sake of being violence. Check out running Scared if your in to movies that keep you on the edge of your seat, but better yet check it out if you like a good action packed movie!
What the hell went wrong with this movie? June 23, 2006
1 out of 9 found this review helpful
Like movies before it such as 28 Days Later and the Transporter that had amazing theatrical trailers, Running Scared was no different. However this movie like the two named above also failed to entertain me as much as the trailer. Can someone tell me how the hell the kiddie porn had any relevance to this movie? Can anyone tell me why in the middle of a huge shootout on the ice at a hockey arena the players are still skating around? Here is another great question. When Oleg was rescued by Teresa why did he have to "go for a ride" with Joey in the first place?! Why not just have Oleg tell Joey where he last left the gun and let Joey go get it instead of dragging this kid further into unnecessary danger? Also how many times can a cast use the "F" word before we start to lose focus on the movie and care more about counting how many times the "F" word is actually said? 328 by the way. DO NOT RENT, BUY, BORROW, BEG, or STEAL THIS MOVIE!!!!!
Fun, Fast-Paced Thriller June 22, 2006
2 out of 4 found this review helpful
Though I really dont think that "Running Scared" makes "Kill Bill" look like Sesame Street I still think that it's quite alot of fast-paced action packed fun, though at sometimes "Running Scared" may confuse audiences during the introduction/beginning and lead them to believe that it is somewhat jumbled, it does a great job of re-gathering itself there in the middle and delivering a fun and understandable ending. Before I saw "Running Scared" I was far from being a Paul Walker Fan, to me he just seemed like all of the other un-talented action actors that is supposed to help put butts in seats but suprisingly, overall he was alot of fun to watch and did a good job in his leading role.
I thought that the film was unique in switching back and forth between people telling them they're specific storys, background and attitude. Also i though that is was very cool how every scene seemed to be completely different from the last, you never knew what was going to happen next which I think really makes the veiwer wonder and completely enjoy a guessing game that lies within the film.
My personal favorite part of the film was the Child molester scene I though it really brought something new to the film that no other scene did which was horror, though the film was suspenceful I thought that one part of the film really played a major part in suspence and horror that really helped the film to be quite good.
Though it can be bloody it isnt doesnt have that disturbing quality other than the child molester scene which has no blood, whoever compared it to "Kill Bill" is quite an idiot to be honest, they are completely different in just about every way. Though good, honestly it really isnt anything special...
Recommended none the less, it's really alot of fun
Running Scared June 20, 2006
2 out of 4 found this review helpful
Remember the title of this movie! I personally thought it was great! This film starts with (a very effective Paul Walker) involved in a bloody shootout. You have to watch to get the hows and whys, but somehow his gun gets taken (by an abused neighbor child, absolutely brilliant child actor Cameron Bright) and all hell, and I truly do mean all HELL breaks loose. I Loved this movie! There was not a dull moment, not one.