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My Review On Running Scared

Reviewing: New Line Home Entertainment Running Scared (Dvd)  |  Rating:
By Bradley Crippin on
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It's not that the film is terribly complex at its core. A singular storyline holds it all together. It opens with the oh-so-conventional drug deal gone bad (complete with slow motion shots of people propelled backward by shotgun blasts to the chest) in which the masked villains brutally killed turn out to be dirty cops. Joey (Paul Walker), family man and an all-around nice guy criminal, who was present at the shooting, finds himself charged with the task of disposing of the "hot gun." His plans are put on hold, however, when he stops in at his home, inexplicably, to make love to his wife on top of a washing machine and eat dinner with his son and convalescent father. In the meantime, he stashes the gun in the basement. Unknown to him, his son's Russian friend Oleg (played by Cameron Bright, the same kid who made love to Nicole Kidman in Birth) witnesses this and while the family eats their dinner, he sneaks away back to his house and shoots his father with it, wounding him significantlyFor the rest of the movie, everyone will be in pursuit of young Oleg and the gun. Joey needs it because if the police get hold of it they can connect him and his gang to the murders of the three officers. That means that any bullets fired he must collect as well (yes, this includes the one lodged in the father's chest). In addition, if his gangster friends find out that Joey failed to dispose of the gun, they will not only kill him, but Oleg as well. To make matters worse, when Joey sneaks into to the hospital to retrieve one of the bullets, a certain Detective Rydell (Chazz Palminteri), one of the dirty cops who survived the shootout, recognizes him. Since Rydell can't simply arrest Joey without bringing his own crimes to light, he sends a pack of hired goons on his trail to retrieve the gun. I dare not say any more about the plot so as not to spoil anything. The real enjoyment here is to watch, with absolute stupefaction, as the film unfolds in all its jaw-dropping absurdity. What could have been reduced to a formulaic action film becomes a manic parade of freakishly cartoonish characters, including Oleg's father, whose obsession with John Wayne borders on psychotic; a Russian mob boss that seems plucked from a Guy Richie film; a creepy married couple whose "play room" many kids enter but never leave; and a bum that more closely resembles a Ring Wraith from Lord of the Rings. Highly recommend it its a great movie with great action horror and plotline. SOrry this is kindda long :) but i wanted to get my point through of what a awome movie this truly is.