Running Scared

Running Scared

4.4 9
Director: Wayne Kramer

Cast: Paul Walker, Cameron Bright, Vera Farmiga


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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…  See more details below


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.

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All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
An unabashedly sleazy, semi-expressionistic action thriller that's so over-the-top in both style and substance that it's a miracle it doesn't collapse back onto itself and crumble into a heap of self-parody, Running Scared offers a sordid journey into a hell on earth in which law and innocence take a backseat to humankind's darkest impulses, bloodlust and revenge. For those with the fortitude to sit through a film where guns are held to grimacing children's heads and murderous pedophiles purchase pint-sized body bags in bulk, the element that sets Running Scared apart from the pack is a potent sense of danger in which the audience is never quite sure how far the filmmakers are willing to go in upping the ante. Starting off like a bullet out of the barrel and rarely slowing except to pile on convoluted plot point after convoluted plot point, Wayne Kramer's blood-spattered frenzy of a crime flick may, in the end, not be what one might consider a "good" film, though it is certainly far from boring. The world of Running Scared is a dark one indeed, and as faceless, menacing transients emerge from the darkness to prey on children and shutterbug pedophiles cast shadows that would give Murnau's Nosferatu a run for his money, the nightmarish vision of urban depravity quickly descends into a hyper-stylized representation of hell on earth. This is truly a world in which everyone has a hidden agenda and to trust is to die; and though a majority of viewers will simply be put off by the reprehensible cast of characters who populate Running Scared, those willing to set aside moral judgment and accept the film on its own twisted terms are in for a loud, audacious, and trashy two hours of entertainment that will leave shell-shocked viewers stumbling from their seats in a dizzied haze of disbelief.

Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Alliance Canada
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Paul Walker Joey Gazelle
Cameron Bright Oleg Yugorsky
Vera Farmiga Teresa Gazelle
Karel Roden Anzor "Duke" Yugorsky
Johnny Messner Tommy "Tombs" Perello
Ivana Milicevic Mila Yugorsky
Chazz Palminteri Detective Rydell
Alex Neuberger Nicky Gazelle
Michael Cudlitz Sal "Gummy Bear" Franzone
Bruce Altman Dez
Elizabeth Mitchell Adele
Arthur Nascarella Perello
John Noble Ivan Yugorsky
Idalis de Leon Divina
David Warshofsky Pimp Lester

Technical Credits
Wayne Kramer Director,Screenwriter
Kristin M. Burke Costumes/Costume Designer
Arthur Coburn Editor
Toby Corbett Production Designer
Andreas Grosch Executive Producer
Stewart Hall Executive Producer
Mark Isham Score Composer
Petr Kaderabek Asst. Director
Jiri Klenka Sound/Sound Designer
Martin Kurel Art Director
Sammy Lee Producer
Matt Luber Executive Producer
Anne McCarthy Casting
T.J. O'Mara Sound/Sound Designer
Andrew D.T. Pfeffer Executive Producer
Michael Pierce Producer
Rudolf Potancok Special Effects Supervisor
Brett Ratner Producer
Brian Ross Musical Direction/Supervision
James Sbardellati Asst. Director
Andreas Schmid Executive Producer
Jay Scully Casting
Kevan Van Thompson Co-producer
Jim Whitaker Cinematographer
James Whitaker Cinematographer

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Running Scared 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Movie was awesome from start to finish despite bad reviews in the paper I found this movie to be a very good movie its on my top 5 favorite Movies .
Guest More than 1 year ago
i think that paul played an amazing part on the movie. this movie was the best i have seen from him.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie will have you on the edge of your seat the entire time, from beginning to end. It is one of the greatest movies I have seen in my entire life. I have so much respect for paul walker and think that if he makes anymore movies like that he will be right there with pacion, he s already surpassed Arnold!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
"Running Scared" defines Cinema Extreme. Why this film didn’t do better at the box office is both sad and puzzling. Writer/director Wayne Kramer works both the story and the camera in weird new ways that make the film engaging. He truly sticks to his guns on delivering one of the most uncompromising, memorable and downright brutal thrillers in recent memory. I wasn't expecting much from this movie with Paul Walker as the star attraction, but this movie was thoroughly entertaining. Walker is surprisingly impressive considering the strictly one-dimensional roles he played in movies such as ‘The Fast And The Furious’ and ‘Into The Blue.’ Here he plays Joey as someone well aware of his impending death should he fail, and throughout he is totally watch able and believable. Cameron Bright steals the show every time he appears on screen, that boy is so talented. The story might flag at times, particularly in the middle of the film, but Kramer is not afraid to play with the camera-work to keep the audience's attention - whip-pans, CSI-style extreme close-ups, super slow-motion, sepia filters and color bleaching are all used to give the film a gritty and somewhat unique look - take, for instance, the kitchen shooting about half an hour into the film, played from multiple viewpoints in both forward and reverse. The film's charcoal-dark tone may be too relentless for some viewers, and the pedophile subplot could be considered as taking things one step too far, but as long as you've got a strong stomach and can face hearing lashings of creative swearing, there's a lot of enjoyment to be found here. Unbearably tense, visually inventive and superbly acted from start to finish, ‘Running Scared’ is great action/thriller. For some this may not be the best movie ever made, but out of thousands of movies I've seen, this one falls into my most memorable one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is just hand down balls to the wall craziness. Many reviewers compared Wayne kramer's fast paced action thriller to much of Tarantino's work. Anybody who does this is not as informed as they would like to think, since every tarantino movie borrows from about 12 different movies. What Kramer does well here is not pull any punches, just about every character is as sleazy and depraved as anything you have ever seen. From the pimp beating his ho's to the yuppie couple that kidnaps children with a van full of toys and candy to the russian mobster who idolizes john wayne, but still beats his wife and child, this movie has a fantastic devilish atmosphere. Even if the script isn't the strongest at times and a few scenes could have been left out to quicken the pace, this is a great flick that makes you feel good about all the craziness you're witnessing
Gonzo84 More than 1 year ago
I remember viewing this film when it first hit the DVD release. Not knowing what quite to expect, I wasn't ready for the next 1 1/2hrs. So without warning this film catapaults you into a very gritty and dark world. From start to finish, the audience is just left there with their jaws dropped to the floor in total shock and disillusioned from what has been shown. Some would say that this resembles Tarantino's work, but being a Tarantino nut myself, I disagree, this film is in an element of its own, with no boundaries and no excuses. I would say that this feature would be more connected with Abel Ferrara's style, since they both seem to have he same extreme edge, to the point where you can't look away from the screen, but you kind of want to, esecially when dealing with subject manner. Leave all your moralities at the door with this film, cause if you can't handle touchy subjects such as ultra-violence, prostitution, and pedifilia, then this film won't be for you. The style of the film is excellent, with what Director Tony Scott calls Acid-Film, the frames jump around and pause, along with grainy close-ups and distorted color fields. I love all the performances in this film, since they are all played to the max. This is definitely Paul Walker's best film to date, he plays his character to the best of anybody's ability and really gave it his all to capture raw moments. I was suprisingly stunned that he did such a wonderful job. Cameron Bright is another stand-out performance playing his character with no remorse. It's very interesting how producers got this child to play a grueling character in such a hardcore film, especially since, Bright's career is in full force now, since I see him more and more in acclaimed projects such as Thank You For Smoking and box-office smash hits like X-Men: Last Stand and UltraViolet. This film will take you for a ride, whether it's a pleasant ride is another story, since this feature is a no-holds bar type of film. I've watched this film with other friends and they have the same reaction I had the first time I viewed the feature which is with total shock. So enjoy with caution...
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