Running Scared (2006) not to be confused with the
movie of the same name made in 1986 is an action thriller that stars
Paul Walker (Fast and the Furious) as Joey Gazelle whose life is thrown
into turmoil when a drug raid goes bad. During a heated drug
exchange between the Mafia and another criminal organisation, a group of
corrupt police officers crash the exchange in an attempt to secure
not only the money but also the drugs.
Unfortunately a false move by
those involved leads to an explosive gunfight that results in the
death of two police officers. With that said, this scene is easily one of the most
impressive and well choreographed gun fights that I have seen in
awhile. This also sets up the scene for the entire movie of an
anti-hero who reached the extreme point in desperation.
Joey is then given the task of disposing the gun
that shot the police officers but when he hides the evidence at
home, he is unaware that his son and his best friend Olef (Cameron
watching. Olef decides to take the gun home and when his Russian
step father starts abusing his wife, he shoots his stepfather in the
shoulder and then makes a dash for freedom.
The movie takes place in one night where the
gun falls into the hands of various shady people from a prostitute,
cleaner and a pimp as Joey tries to reclaim the item that eventually
leads to the explosive final with the Russian mob and the Mafia. If
the gun falls into the hands of the police, not only is his life in
danger but also his family.
Even though I thoroughly enjoyed the movie, one
cannot help but smirk, knowing that this movie is directed at the
male audience. For instance, the Mafia decide to meet where all
criminal organisations allegedly meet, a strip club and although you
know were they are located, the camera man has been ordered to every
now and then veer up close to a naked female gyrating in the club.
Although the main story is rather focused, every now and then the
loose ends of the story suddenly end with no true explanation but
needless to say, Running Scared is an entertaining ride from start
to finish. Great cinematography, strong acting performances,
especially by Paul Walker, Cameron Bright and Chazz Palminteri as
the bent cop, Running Scared is definitely worth
Presented in an aspect ratio of 16:9 widescreen
with gorgeous Dolby Digital 5.1, Running Scared is a high quality
presentation, although extremely clichéd and very reminiscent of a
1980's action movie with its disregard to human life and blatant
nudity. Discretion is required and definitely recommended to the
male audience. Unfortunately no extras are included in this release.