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Joey ignores the mob's explicit instructions to dispose of a gun used in the fatal shooting of a corrupt cop during a bungled drug bay. When the gun resurfaces, his family is put into jeopardy. He must find the gun in order to save his life and his family's.
Action Thriller - This is a very violent, dark, and some would say distasteful
for adults. Action fans may be disappointed by the small number of
action sequences. This is definitely not one for the young ones or
the easily offended.
PROFANITY: Well over 30 F-words, well over 30 S-words, 6 GD's, many others. SEX/NUDITY: Sex-based nudity. VIOLENCE: Very bloody shootings, beatings, and killings. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco. ACTION: Some big shootout sequences; explosions. COMEDY: Some darkly humorous dialogue.
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Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good With a complex plot that unspools with surprising clarity, Running Scared displays a reckless intensity. In retrospect, a lot of what the film offers falls apart, but the filmmakers do their best to use adrenaline to keep us from thinking too much during the experience.
Roger EbertFull Review Good 'Running Scared' goes so far over the top, it circumnavigates the top and doubles back on itself; it's the Mobius Strip of over-the-topness. I am in awe.
USA TodayFull Review Below Average During the course of a single overnight — but two bloated hours of screen time...The movie is Running Scared, and that's entertainment?
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 77 moviegoers: These opinions show that most enjoyed "Running Scared," but it's obvious that it's more of a young persons movie. Teen and twentysomething males rated it very high and the females weren't too far behind. There were a few young females who didn't care for it. The extreme violence and sexual content is likely the reason for those lower opinions. The same is probably true for adult opinions, especially from the ladies. Very few of them enjoyed "Running Scared." The adult male opinions were good, but not great. Only about half really enjoyed it. The remaining half either thought it was just OK or actually hated it.
The bottom line? If you're young (and especially if you're male) and you enjoy strong violence and sexual content then I certainly recommend "Running Scared." If you're an adult and the violence and sex don't bother you then you will also likely enjoy this movie, but it's by no means a sure bet. Adult females should be extra sure about the violence and sex since so few of them actually enjoyed "Running Scared."
For over a decade Joey Gazelle (Paul Walker) has successfully juggled his conflicting roles as both loving family man and a low-level employee of the Italian Perello mob in Grimley, New Jersey. However, when Joey ignores the mob's explicit instructions to dispose of a gun used in the fatal shooting of a corrupt cop during a bungled drug buy, he unwittingly puts his entire family in immediate danger.
Joey stows this incriminating piece of evidence in his basement for possible future use as collateral against his employers, only to have his son's best friend, Oleg (Cameron Bright), discover and abscond with the weapon. Unaware that the disappearance of this weapon could jeopardize both Joey and himself, Oleg uses it to wound his abusive stepfather Anzor (Karel Roden), the drug-addicted black sheep of the Russian Yugorsky mob, and then flees into the night. As he vainly seeks safe haven, Oleg encounters and dodges a slew of nocturnal miscreants, all the while being pursued by relentless Perello and Yugorsky henchmen as well as by the nefarious Detective Rydell (Chazz Palminteri), a corrupt cop who is hell-bent on profiting from the missing gun's potentially disastrous effects on the already uneasy alliance between the rival Perello and Yugorsky clans.
Meanwhile, Joey, hot on Oleg's trail and aided by both his wife Teresa (Vera Farmiga) and son (Alex Neuberger), has embarked on a frantic night-long search, not only to locate Oleg and the gun, but also to save his own life and street credibility by keeping the gun's disappearance a secret from both mob factions.