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Running Scared [Blu-ray] (2009)

Bruce Altman , Michael Cudlitz , Wayne Kramer  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (284 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bruce Altman, Michael Cudlitz, Chazz Palminteri, David Warshofsky, Karel Roden
  • Directors: Wayne Kramer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Widescreen, Import
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Alliance Canada
  • DVD Release Date: April 7, 2009
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (284 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001RL4K3E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,650 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Import Blu-Ray/Region A pressing. A low-ranking gang member is entrusted with the important job of getting rid of a gun used to kill a police officer. But he finds himself getting deeper into trouble when his neighbor steals the murder weapon to try to kill his stepfather. Special Features: Interactive Menus/Chapter Search Cast: Paul Walker, Cameron Bright and Vera Farmiga. UHV.

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80 of 81 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rest in peace and in respect, Mr. Walker November 30, 2013
Format:Amazon Instant Video|Verified Purchase
Mr. Walker having died this afternoon, I decided to watch something of his other than one of the FF series. A couple of gentlemen recommended this film.

He was actually impressively good: instinctual, believable, dynamic. Even if you do not share this opinion, I think you'd have to agree that his charity work was for real and not for show.

He seems to have been quite a decent man: hard working, family oriented, and not taken down by the undertow of celebrity. To anyone reading this who cared about the man, I am sincerely sorry for your, and our, loss.
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63 of 69 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling, dark, and fun urban fairy tale February 25, 2006
Director Wayne Kramer's follow-up to his directorial debut (The Cooler) shows that he is a rising talent in Hollywood with a flair for drama and suspense that borders the line between reality and surrealism. Running Scared has such a gritty, washed out look right from the get-go that one starts to think it's a film lifted right out of the 70's. But that is only part of what Kramer does in creating a look and feel for Running Scared. Kramer actually uses every kind of trick in a director's book to give his film such an over-the-top sense that the audience really doesn't know what to expect just around the next dark corner.

Running Scared's first ten minutes sets up what the rest of the next two hours are going to be like. Kramer direct's this ten minutes like a man possessed. The direction and editing is frantic and frenetic. Some have said that it's all been done before by Tarantino, Woo and a dozen other action-stylists out of Hong Kong, but I disagree. Kramer's style owes alot more to the grandfather of excessive film violence and that's Sam Peckinpah. I'm not comparing Running Scared to Peckinpah's seminal classic The Wild Bunch but the pace and look of the chaotic shoot-out in the tiny apartment in the beginning brings to mind the opening and closing shoot-outs in that film. Kramer knows he's not making a social statement or even an intellectually relevant film. What he does know is that he wants to tell a fairy tale of one man's hectic day and all the craziness he has to go through during that day. And this is what Running Scared really has turned out to be.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One Nike gym bag September 3, 2006
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Wow, what a movie. 'Running Scared' is not to be confused with the 80's movie by the same title starring Gregory Hines and Billy Crystal. This is a completely different storyline, and there is no comedy involved whatsoever.

'Running Scared' is the tale of Joey Gazelle (Paul Walker), who handles weapons disposal for the illicit actions of his friends. But when a gun is used to eliminate a crooked cop, Joey treats it as casually as he treats all his charges, putting it in plastic and hiding it in his house. But this time, he is seen by his son Nicky and neighbor boy Oleg Yugorsky (Cameron Bright - The Butterfly Effect).

Oleg takes the gun and shoots his abusive stepfather Anzor (Expertly played by Karel Roden - The Bourne Supremacy, 15 Minutes, and Hellboy). Now, Joey not only has to find the gun, but protect Oleg and Nicky from being discovered by his mob connections, and still produce the gun for his benefactors.

This movie is a non-stop thriller, literally flowing from one tense moment to another without pause. It's definitely an "edge of your seat" movie. There doesn't seem to be one particular good guy in the entire film, everyone is seedy and foul of character. But when Joey's wife Teresa (Vera Farmiga - 15 Minutes, The Manchurian Candidate) confronts the child molesters, you will raise your hands above you head, clapping and cheering for the white trash woman.

Its not so much the shock level or any surprises that make this film so good as it is the tension level. The director managed to keep a high level of tension throughout the entire movie, which is a rare achievement. 'Running Scared' is a definite nail biter. Incredibly fast-paced, the tension makes the movie seem more graphic than it is. It's the intensity that will make you jumpy, not the graphics. It's worth a purchase. Enjoy!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not AT ALL what I thought. November 30, 2006
Format:DVD
I'm getting sick of marketing people, you know? Especially after having seen this movie I'm sick of how often they can misrepresent a product, CD, or (especially!) a film their trying to present. I understand it's a matter of telling people the information that would drive them into spending their money on a 2 hour or so experience, but in this particular case, they dropped the ball big time!

This trailers for this film made it appear as a garden variety action pic. Overtly violent and again without point. Imagine my shcck and awe (I'm using that term a lot more lately.) when I finally saw the film! It twists and turns with a gritty style of filmaking that actually calls back the films from the seventies, the dark crime films like French Connection, as upposed to other films who merely say that but don't deliever.

Paul Walker is just what he needs to be. Gritty, real, and whatever adjectives you wish to put to describe his manic performance. Playing a low level mobster with a loving family, he makes mistakes but goes out of his way to fix them. Cameron Bright, the young actor who plays Oleg is simply stunning. Vera Farmiga? Wayne Cramer is right. Her eyes are hypnotic. She is, as she does in her brilliant turn in The Departed, the moral center of the film.

Fantastic action, great dialouge, amazing camera work, fantastic story! How could they have messed it up? Leave that to the marketing people.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie.
Published 1 day ago by Twanda Foster
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Perfect came in 2 days no problems what so ever
Published 2 days ago by Manuel Avila
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent Blu Ray for a decent film, one of Paul Walker's best
For starters, if you haven't seen Running Scared, it's a pretty crazy movie loaded with enough violence, depravity and profanity to make your preacher man grab his cross and start... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Terrence A.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
terrific
Published 7 days ago by angela
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This movie rocks!
Published 8 days ago by Robert Thomas
3.0 out of 5 stars Films don't need nudity or excessive content to make them good.
Did enjoy this film.
However, film is rated R an in the box below it describes why and read thus as follows:
Pervasive strong brutal violence and language, sexuality and... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Caleb Griggs
5.0 out of 5 stars great actor. The lost is devistating to the acting
great actor. The lost is devistating to the acting community
Published 13 days ago by Rochelle Soto
5.0 out of 5 stars Non-stop action
IMO this is Paul Walker's (RIP) best movie. It is a rollercoaster ride of action. I watched it with all my friends and they were blown away; they all loved it.
Published 1 month ago by BettyLiberty
5.0 out of 5 stars best walker movie ever
All these poser actin they like the dude now that hes dead but never heard of the best movie the dudes ever made.... anywayz?! Movie is in my best 20 of all time... Read more
Published 1 month ago by amazonjunkie
4.0 out of 5 stars I was very surpise how soon we got this package.
A classic movie that I really enjoyed, and l would recommend this movie to any adult that loves horror movies.
Published 1 month ago by Mike
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