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The Runner (2015)



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In the aftermath of the BP oil spill, an idealistic but imperfect New Orleans politician finds his plans of restoration unraveling as his own life becomes contaminated with corruption, scandal and deceit.
R (for language and some sexual material)
Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Documentary , Drama , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Special Interest
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Nicolas Cage
as Colin Price
Connie Nielsen
as Deborah Price
Sarah Paulson
as Kate Haber
Peter Fonda
as Rayne Price
Wendell Pierce
as Frank Legrand
Bryan Batt
as Mark Lavin
Frederic Lehne
as Senator Owens
Dana Gourrier
as Daria Winston
Divine Prince Ty Emmecca
as Algiers Levee Neighbor/Visitor
Christopher Berry
as Hal Provich
Ciera Payton
as Lucy Hall
James Moses Black
as Dr. Haleman
Donna DuPlantier
as Bernadette Richards
Brooke Hoover
as Maryellen Briggs
Darcel Moreno
as Alyssa
Kerry Cahill
as Lt. Jen Wyman
Marcus Lyle Brown
as Chris Wilcox
Cullen Deuce Tonry
as Robby Haber
Michael Santos
as Bryan Haber
Christine Kelly
as Brooke Davis
Chris Papavasiliou
as Bill Musgrave
Wilbert Williams
as Oysterman
Lawton Paseka
as George Micah
James Yeargain
as Kingfish Blogger
Ashley Arpel
as Waitress
Jon Eyez
as Terrence Hall
Harold Evans
as Veteran Journalist
Rhonda Dents
as Housekeeper
Mary O'Rourke
as Lavin's Assistant
Ian Hoch
as Time's Photographer
Lara Grice
as Nurse
Yanina Hope
as Reporter
Moses Millman
as Luke Harbor
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Critic Reviews for The Runner

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (17)

Everyone loves Nicolas Cage the bug-eyed lunatic. Nicolas Cage the serious actor, that's a tougher sell.

Full Review… | November 2, 2015
Time Out
Top Critic

The Runner never approaches the keen insight and social satire of political films such as The Candidate, Primary Colors or Bulworth.

August 27, 2015
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Stark repeatedly squanders the decent supporting cast, revealing scant backstory that would enhance the often vague character motivation on display.

Full Review… | August 7, 2015
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

These plot elements, and the actors, have all the makings of a truly juicy and thought-provoking political melodrama. So it's dispiriting to see filmmaker Stark create such a weird, jagged hash out of them.

Full Review… | August 7, 2015
Top Critic

Cage's performance is as fuzzy as his character's sense of bearings.

Full Review… | August 6, 2015
Seattle Times
Top Critic

A hollow, listless political drama that could have been a contender.

Full Review… | August 6, 2015
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Runner

So boring. Full disclosure, I watched like only 20 minutes of this and holy shit I started falling asleep. I expect Nic Cage's films, whether they're good or bad (mostly the latter these days, but that's neither here nor there) to be entertaining. I wouldn't call this a bad film, although I might have ended up feeling that way had I watched the whole thing. It just doesn't do a good job of keeping your interest.

Stephen Skudlarek
Stephen Skudlarek

Super Reviewer


A thought-provoking political drama, The Runner explores the allures of power and corruption. Nicolas Cage stars as a Louisiana congressman who champions the recovery efforts after the 2010 BP oil spill, but he's soon brought down by a sex scandal and must struggle to rebuild his life. While it's an interesting character study, the plot's fairly mundane and predictable. Also, the pacing is rather slow and doesn't really build any tension. Yet despite the film's weaknesses, The Runner provides an intriguing look at the nature of politics.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer

I attended the sneak preview last night in the New York, and I was impressed. I always appreciate films that juxtapose important issues with a fictional human element. The Runner successfully did that, mixing a documentary insight into the BP oil spill's effects while also remaining a character study of a corrupt politician. This film came at the right time - the spill happened 5 years ago, and people have forgotten about the trauma it caused. I hope this film reminds people of the spill's lasting effects. Nicolas Cage is a mesmerizing actor, who has done a ton of crap lately, but here he displayed that he can still act. Similar to Joe, Cage strayed away from his typical madman role, playing a vulnerable and human version of Frank Underwood (House of Cards). There are a few other good character actors in this, especially Peter Fonda. The movie runs on the short side - it's definitely worth a watch.

Harris Gurny
Harris Gurny

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