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Old 02-06-06, 08:47 PM
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Running Scared

My apologies if there's already a thread on this movie. It looks pretty gripping, judging by the trailer. I'm wondering if anyone knows a way around the age verification that the official site has on it to allow you to view the first six minutes. I'm in Canada, so I can't really enter my address.
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looks like it might be good, most people dont like paul Walker, but i dont mind him, liked fast and the furious, 2 fast 2 furious and liked into the blue
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Is this a remake of the 1986 cop buddy film with Billy Crystal and Gregory Hines?
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The initial trailers made the film look like shit.

However, after Harry Knowles' glowing review of the film on AICN and the preview of the first six minutes, I am very curious about this flick now.
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They had me at "Pervasive Strong Brutal Violence"...
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been looking forward to this since the first time i saw the trailer. the grittyness of the film and the plot and camera angles were all incredible. add to that it's rated r, i'm certain i'll enjoy it.
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if it aint got the Thompson Center, it aint Running Scared...



actually, the movie is rather mediocre, but I'll always respect it for giving the red-headed stepchild of Chicago architecture a prominent role...
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I thought the trailer was a joke the first time I saw it, but the initial reviews have me curious, especially the bad ones (apparently lives up to it's pervasive strong brutal violence).
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Weirdest Marketing I've Ever Seen

My only real interest in this film was because I loved The Cooler. The trailer was terrible and practically swayed me away from wanting to see the film.

The marketing on this film is interesting: terrible trailer, showing the first 6 minutes of the film online, and now this idea to grab attention -
http://www.defamer.com/hollywood/mov...ife-153589.php

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Old 02-11-06, 12:35 AM
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Found a page with a direct link to the first 6 minutes of Running Scared:

http://www.davestrailerpage.co.uk/trailers_r.shtml

Plenty of pervasive strong brutal violence in the first 6 minutes...
Old 02-11-06, 04:18 AM
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I just saw Walker on The Tonight Show, he said the violence in this movie makes Scarface look timid ( or something to that effect ). We shall see.
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Here are some web pages I found offering different clips of the movie:

Running Scared myspace

UK Site

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Based on the responses on the myspace page, I will have to see this one late on a school night.
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A nice review over at IMDB:

8/10, reviewer from the UK:

Nobody makes movies like Running Scared any more. Five years ago, this film would've been toned down by whichever studio released it in order for it to receive the lowest certificate possible. Bravo, then, to writer/director Wayne Kramer for sticking to his guns and delivering one of the most uncompromising, memorable and downright brutal thrillers in recent memory.

Joey (Paul Walker) is a small-time mobster hired to dispose of 'hot' guns for his bosses. One of these weapons (with particular value over all the others) falls into the hands of his son's best friend and is used to startling effect. Here is where the real fun starts. Joey can find neither the child nor the weapon in question, and he has only 18 hours before either the police, the Russian mafia or his own employers catch up with him.

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 watchable and believable. No more will audiences giggle to themselves every time he delivers a dud of a line.

The story occasionally flags, 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 colour 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 paedophilia 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 the first real surprise of 2006 - it pulls no punches and thrills from its excessively bloody opening to its foul-mouthed conclusion.
Me, I think I'll go watch the 1986 version again.

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Old 02-11-06, 08:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Drexl
Is this a remake of the 1986 cop buddy film with Billy Crystal and Gregory Hines?
When I clicked on the thread I thought it was going to be talking about the Billy Crystal movie.
Old 02-24-06, 12:46 PM
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well, today the movie comes out. been looking forward to this one, as i am a violent movie nut.
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Ebert gave it 3 stars.
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The first 6 mins look pretty good(but kind of standard).
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Now - off to figure out how to trick my girlfriend into seeing this...
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Originally Posted by Trigger
Now - off to figure out how to trick my girlfriend into seeing this...
"Running Scared" ...tell her it's about relationships and in the end it all works out!
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There's a Running Scared video game on New Line's site and you basically drive around and shoot people, but the 3rd mission is to go home and give oral to the character's wife.
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Originally Posted by Trigger
Now - off to figure out how to trick my girlfriend into seeing this...
Tell her its a buddy cop movie with Billy Crystal and this dead tap dancer...Actually I got nothing, my wife said yes to seeing it this weekend, and to using her AMC gift card so I dont have to shell out my monthly budgeted spending cash for it.
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I'm a Paul Walker fan, so i'll be checking it out for sure.
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Originally Posted by Mr. Cinema
Ebert gave it 3 stars.
I love the opening paragraph of his review:

http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/...VIEWS/60222003

Speaking of movies that go over the top, "Running Scared" goes so far over the top, it circumnavigates the top and doubles back on itself; it's the Mobius Strip of over-the-topness. I am in awe. It throws in everything but the kitchen sink. Then it throws in the kitchen sink, too, and the combo washer-dryer in the laundry room, while the hero and his wife are having sex on top of it.

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Just got back from it. i didn't know paul walker could act. the only thing that i really didn't like was the ending.
Spoiler:
with Joey "coming back" at the end just screamed "the test screen audience didn't like the original ending, and this is the ending where he lives instead of dies.
the movie is very violent at times, and the "gun" seems to be more of a mguffin then anything else (a mguffin is a plot deivce or item that is there to do nothing but move the plot).

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