Running Scared (2006)



Critic Consensus: This film runs with frenetic energy punctuated by gratuitous violence but sorely lacks in plot, character development and stylistic flair.

Movie Info

A minor crook finds himself in major peril when a "hot" weapon goes missing in this violent crime thriller. Joey Gazelle (Paul Walker) is a low-level "mechanic" in the Mafia who hopes to rise through the ranks by doing whatever is needed. One night, a drug deal goes very wrong when police show up and try to close down the operation; shots break out and a battle ensues, with a pair of of cops meeting a particularly violent fate at bad end of a gun barrel. Joey is given the gun that killed the … More

Rating: R (for pervasive strong brutal violence and language, sexuality and drug content)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Wayne Kramer
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 6, 2006
Box Office: $6.7M
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as Joey Gazelle

as Oleg Yugorsky

as Teresa Gazelle

as Anzor `Duke' Yugorsk...

as Tommy `Tombs' Perell...

as Detective Rydell

as Nicky Gazelle

as Sal `Gummy Bear' Fra...

as Ivan Yugorsky

as Pimp Lester

as Jamaican

as Ski Mask

as Pops Gazelle

as Paramedic

as Police Officer 1

as Police Officer 2

as Orderly

as Operating Room Nurse
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Critic Reviews for Running Scared

All Critics (134) | Top Critics (39)

With audiences jaded by the usual sex and splatter, do the filmmakers have no qualms about juicing up proceedings with edgy but troubling material which clearly needs more conscientious handling? Apparently not.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Presumably patterned after Robert Rodriguez's Sin City, but substantially more graphic, there is surely an audience for this empty brutality, but you would not want to know anyone to whom this picture appeals.

Full Review… | March 11, 2006
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

Wayne Kramer's latest film is a hard-hitting, visceral, over-the-top extravaganza of blood and bullets that doesn't let up for one second.

Full Review… | July 10, 2007
DVD Review

The action throughout Running Scared is involving and fast-paced enough that you don't notice the number of cliches being invoked in this film.

Full Review… | April 8, 2007

Running Scared exists in that world of movies where there are no good guys - just bad guys, worse guys and worst guys.

Full Review… | March 24, 2007

A well-acted piece that should appeal to anyone who enjoys the films of Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez.

Full Review… | October 9, 2006

Audience Reviews for Running Scared



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19/12/2012 (MP4)

EightThirty .

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One problem roles into a series of very unfortunate events in this thrilling Action movie. A grittier role than most of Walker's and one that suited him well. An evolving story, with some great visual effects from the camera shots. You don't have time to be bored!!!

Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

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