Running Scared
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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 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;… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 40%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"With audiences jaded by the usual sex and splatter, do the filmmakers have no qualms about juicing up proceedings with edgy but troubling material which clearly needs more conscientious handling? Apparently not."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"It says something when the most sympathetic character is a kid who shoots his dad with a stolen pistol."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"Wayne Kramer's latest film is a hard-hitting, visceral, over-the-top extravaganza of blood and bullets that doesn't let up for one second."
‑ Felix Gonzalez Jr., DVD Review
"A well-acted piece that should appeal to anyone who enjoys the films of Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez."
‑ Forrest Hartman, Reno Gazette-Journal
"There's something films like this reflect in our nature... that we seem to delight in propped up monsters that give the protagonist an excuse to behave like one."
‑ Rubin Safaya,
"Presumably patterned after Robert Rodriguez's Sin City, but substantially more graphic, there is surely an audience for this empty brutality, but you would not want to know anyone to whom this picture appeals."
‑ Hap Erstein, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"It's ugly and it's vile and it's disgusting and it's creepy and it just got tiresome."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"The action throughout Running Scared is involving and fast-paced enough that you don't notice the number of cliches being invoked in this film."
‑ Jette Kernion, Cinematical
"An example of a film I recommend just because it tickled my undercarriage."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Stylish, rollicking post-Tarantino trash which does the business at such a pace you barely notice its preposterousness."
‑ Angie Errigo, Empire Magazine
"The end result of all these cross-mob confrontations is an orgy of nihilistic violence that is curiously exhilarating, I am almost ashamed to say."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Ethnic stereotyping, moral qualms and plot improbabilities aside, you just wish a movie like Running Scared wasn't so anxious to be exciting all the time: It gets so monotonous."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Running Scared exists in that world of movies where there are no good guys - just bad guys, worse guys and worst guys."
‑ Brian Tallerico, UGO
"A montagem eficiente, com transições intrigantes, confere ritmo ao filme, que também se beneficia com a atuação surpreendentemente intensa de Walker. Pena que o roteiro seja tão implausível e o final, tão absurdamente ridículo."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"You suspect you're in for a violent film when it opens with several balaclava-faced men in black bursting in on a group of thugs whose conversation is limited to constructions around the words ****** or whore. With "Running Scared " your suspicions would"
‑ Angela Baldassarre,
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