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Running Scared [DVD]

Paul Walker , Vera Farmiga , Wayne Kramer    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Paul Walker, Vera Farmiga, Alex Neuberger, Cameron Bright, Ivana Milicevic
  • Directors: Wayne Kramer
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Eiv
  • DVD Release Date: 22 May 2006
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000F7CBK0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,538 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Crime thriller starring Paul Walker as Joey Gazelle, a low level mob flunkie whose role is to dispose of 'hot' guns from mob killings. We soon find out that Joey has been hiding these guns in the drywall of his basement, instead of tossing them in the river. When Joey's 10-year-old son (Alex Neuberger) and his best friend, Oleg (Cameron Bright), witness Joey hiding some guns from a botched drug deal, Oleg steals one of the guns and shoots his abusive stepfather with it. Things would be bad enough if the stepfather didn't happen to be the nephew of a psychotic Russian mob boss who happens to be in business with Joey's crew on a gasoline scam.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best film of 2006 8 May 2007
Watched this with some trepidation. Gangsters, violence, yawn, been there, a am I really in the mood for another Tarantino clone? The beginning lived up to violent expectations but then something strange happened. By putting a child into jeopardy, and keeping him there for the duration of the movie, this director has produced a must-keep-watching gem. The film twists, turns, dives into adult fairy story, throws in some allusions to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, bungs in a few hockey putts, and generally keeps you gripping the edge of your seat for its duration. Worth trying out. And in terms of plot construction, script etc - it was very good. Not Tarantino. Much darker. Probably more of a gripper if you are a parent but still - try it. You might like it.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film, Bit Random in Parts ... 7 July 2006
I'll keep this review short, as the description covers most things, with a rather biased slant, of course.

However in this film, it lives up to expectations, with plenty of storyline, as with most crime-related films, a nice plot twist or 2 near the end (which I obviously wont spoil), and plenty of guns, corrupt cops, gangsters, all the cool things you'd expect to be in a movie.

It does get slightly random a couple of times, however to be honest, it remains mostly believable and always gripping.

All in all a great film, I personally loved it, it kept me glued to the screen all the way through, but it may not be to everyones taste. If you unsure, rent it first, but to be honest, its a good enough film to just buy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great 13 May 2007
I rented this film on the basis that my girlfriend likes the lead actor and I wasn't expecting great things I have to say. From the synopsis it just looks like yet another yo yo boys n the hood white man kicks ass against in the naughty drug dealing world and gets to drive fast into some dustbins at some point. However, the more I watched this the more I got into it until eventually i was totally submerged and ended up shouting at the television trying to tell the characters what to do. Also, for once there is a strong female role which is not limited by 2-D comic book stereotyping (e.g. like the Bride in Kill Bill). Both parts of the troubled family portrayed in this film kick ass and I would recommend this to anyone who has any interest good action films without OTT special effects and pyrotechnics.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good 5 July 2008
Not the type of film I would normally watch but I'd encourage you to ignore the undeservedly harsh comments of some other reviewers because Running Scared just might have you as glued to your seats as I was. I would add that some of the "facts" of the plot as described by some reviewers are inaccurate. Perhaps this was done so as not to give away some of the surprises, so, errors forgiven. Yes, the film is violent (very violent), the language is strong, but the plot is neither weak or confusing, the direction is crisp and clever and the acting is generally very, very good; even some of the stereotypical gangster type characters manage to make you believe. The biggest and most wonderful surprise is Paul Walker, who moves out of the "just another pretty face" category and reveals real talent. As I watched the film, I kept saying to myself "Damn, he's good." I hope future roles come his way that take him into new areas that allow him to continue to stretch and develop his talent; the guy has got it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 14 Aug 2009
By Dave
A real boot in the face bit of cinema.

Frantic, brutal, uncompromising in language and violence, superbly made so as to feel like a hyper-kinetic graphic novel come to life, some balls-out performances (esp by the main child actor and Paul Walker) and with some head-spinning plot twists.
It's wildly over the top, totally implausible and packed with comic strip characters and events, but given a brutal make-over with high melodrama to ensure we care what happens to people.

The basic set-up is like a far more serious, far more nasty "Snatch". Only with a gun replacing a diamond, which takes the various larger than life characters on a mind bending journey into over the top (but wonderful) situations.

You either embrace and go with the harrowing, brutal but comic strip plot or you don't and as such miss out on one of the finest American films to come out in a LONG time.
And how damn unexpected and just plain scary were that couple!!?
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Ricochetting Movie 17 May 2008
Ricochetting because it's one of those movies in which the main character gets bounced about and off all manner of characters and situations, in this case in his search for a gun used in an opening shoot out and which, if it falls into the hands of the police, would constitute evidence of the most important kind. Most of the movie is set down in the dark, violent underbelly of low class sleazy gangsterism, both home-grown American and imported Russian. Mixed up in all this is 'The Wife', the kid, the kid's friend (another kid), dodgy cops, and nasty lowlifes, and it all hangs together quite well. Even the kids fit in well and don't grate on the nerves as kids can do in adult films. In fact one of the more bizarre side trips involves a seemingly respectable couple who love children and have an apartment full of toys: they turn out to be dangerously off their heads (I'm trying not to give away too much here). There are a few tangential trips in this film but that provides an unpredictability and diversity in what would otherwise be just another run-of-the-mill crime movie. With good acting, camera work, characterization and sub-plots, this film is recommended.
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