Running Scared

Rated NR

Quentin Tarantino loves it. Roger Ebert is “in awe” as the TV commercial proclaims. I, for one, insist that it sucks. Paul Walker screams his head off as a two-bit criminal with a big-assed secret, looking to retrieve a gun that shot a cop during a messed-up drug deal. Wayne Kramer, who directed the vastly overrated The Cooler, wants you to know that he can direct a balls-out action film, so he pulls out all of the stops and uses every trick in the book. Unfortunately, he forgot to take good actors and a decent script along with him, and those tricks amount to overkill after the first 10 minutes. The film has a sequence involving pedophiles that takes bad taste to an all-new level, and the final big secret reveal makes everything that happened before it absolutely pointless. Walker embarrasses himself with a tough-guy accent, and Chazz Palminteri embarrasses himself by being Chazz Palminteri. I love extreme cinema when it is done right, but this one misses the mark big-time.

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