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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 policemen and is told to make it disappear so it can't be used as evidence; however, before he can do that, the weapon is stolen by Oleg (Cameron Bright), a friend of Joey's young son, who takes the pistol and uses it to shoot his abusive stepfather. Now that the gun is implicated in high profile crimes, it's vitally important that Joey find it as soon as possible, but his search for the firearm is complicated by the fact that Oleg's stepdad is affiliated with a rival gang of Russian mobsters, and that Rydell (Chazz Palminteri), a seriously corrupt police detective, is hot on Joey's trail. Joey's search for the gun takes him through the grim criminal netherworld of the city, where he must face off against nearly every sort of crook, con artist, and deviate that has ever walked the earth. Running Scared is from writer-director Wayne Kramer, who made a name for himself with the well-reviewed independent feature The Cooler. ~ Mark Deming, Rovimore
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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Paul Walker
as Joey Gazelle
Cameron Bright
as Oleg Yugorsky
Vera Farmiga
as Teresa Gazelle
Karel Roden
as Anzor `Duke' Yugorsk...
Johnny Messner
as Tommy `Tombs' Perell...
Chazz Palminteri
as Detective Rydell
Alex Neuberger
as Nicky Gazelle
Michael Cudlitz
as Sal `Gummy Bear' Fra...
John Noble
as Ivan Yugorsky
David Warshofsky
as Pimp Lester
Maurice Lee
as Jamaican
Oakley Lehman
as Ski Mask
Jan Kohout
as Pops Gazelle
Jeffrey Smith
as Paramedic
Karen Cifarelli
as Police Officer 1
Brian Caspe
as Police Officer 2
Ryan James
as Orderly
Ellen Savaria
as Operating Room Nurse
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Critic Reviews for Running Scared

All Critics (135) | 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 .

Super Reviewer

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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