The Running Man

1987, Sci-fi/Action, 1h 41m

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The Running Man is winking sci-fi satire with ridiculous clothes and workmanlike direction. Read critic reviews

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In the year 2019, America is a totalitarian state where the favorite television program is "The Running Man" -- a game show in which prisoners must run to freedom to avoid a brutal death. Having been made a scapegoat by the government, an imprisoned Ben Richards (Arnold Schwarzenegger) has the opportunity to make it back to the outside again by being a contestant on the deadly show, although the twisted host, Damon Killian (Richard Dawson), has no intention of letting him escape.

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  • May 23, 2014
    Effective Sci Fi action that manages to be entertaining despite its lack of originality, The Running Man is another Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle that I would recommend purely for fans of the actor. Although far from perfect, this is a pleasant popcorn film that is pure 80's. The film looks a bit dated; nonetheless, there are still relevant aspects that ring out today. Arnie's performance is pretty good, but I have to admit, it's not one of his best either. The Running Man, is your typical ass kicking Schwarzenegger film, and it does the trick, and for genre fans, it's a must watch. Despite the movie's shortcomings, it's worth seeing if you enjoy 80's action flicks, then give this one a shot. The story is well executed, but like I said, is never anything original. The film nonetheless works due to Schwarzenegger's performance, which has the unique touch that he always brings to his roles. Sure, it's not his best work, but it's fun for what it tries accomplish, and it's a movie that is action packed from start to finish. And for action buffs, you can't ask for more. Some elements of the film stand out, and it's one of those movies that seems to be forgotten from Schwarzenegger, and unless you're a diehard fan of his work, then this one seems to pop up. Well, it's a flawed film for sure, and it's a bit predictable too, but it's 80's action for what it is, and genre films likes nowadays are rare. So, if you enjoy a good old fashioned action picture or you're a fan of Schwarzenegger, then buckle up for an entertaining roller coaster ride that's worth taking.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Apr 20, 2014
    The film is sort of a satire, unfortunately it's one without any bite. If it was a little less goofy and retained more of the angry, pessimistic tone of the novel, it probably could have been a lot better.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
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  • May 21, 2012
    The Running Man is an iconic science fiction action film based on a Stephen King a novel. In a dystopian future, Ben Richards, a wrongly convicted man, must compete in a live televised mortal combat tournament where criminals are turned into modern-day gladiators that must fight for survival. The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Richard Dawson, and Jesse Ventura, who are all cast in roles that play to their strengths. Some interesting issues are explored in the film and it has an remarkable visual style that has a unique retro feel to it. The Running Man is a fun and entertaining film that tries to integrate some relevant social commentary.
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