Running Scared movie review

Let me begin by saying that Running Scared is a batshiz crazy movie and also totally ridiculous. I haven’t seen a movie like this before.

Each scene kinda works well on it’s own, but when you pack it together as a complete movie, it’s too ridiculous. Each thing is crazier than the next thing, but still a credible scene. It’s as if they had a bunch of ideas they liked and rather than concentrating on one or two of them, they decided to shove them ALL into the flick. I can’t recall ever seeing a movie that had such a problem… not like this.

Running Scared features what is easily the best performance I’ve ever seen Paul Walker give; not that the Fast and Furious movies suck because of Paul Walker, but he doesn’t exactly elevate the material. Hence, all I learned about Walker from F&F was that he wasn’t a bad actor – as opposed to Vin Diesel, who made it clear that he was not going to be the next Stallone/Willis/Arnold, no matter how hard Hollywood tried. Paul Walker rounds out a cast that includes Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air), Cameron Bright (Thank You for Smoking) and Chazz Palminteri (The Usual Suspects) and there is an intensity in every performance that, when coupled with the film’s pace, keep you engaged..

I haven’t gotten around to seeing Hours, but if you’re a Paul Walker fan, you must see this movie… if you think you can handle it. Sure, this movie is rated R, but it’s a “Hard R,” if you will. It’s violent, sexually explicit and just over two hours. Oh, and plenty of naughty language, too. This doesn’t bother me, but, if you’re sensitive to such things, just a word of caution – this movie doesn’t exactly pull it’s punches.

Frankly, Running Scared is at least twice as entertaining than it has any right to be. I’m giving it a 7.5 out of 10.

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