Running Scared Review

Running Scared
The New Jersey Streets are dodgy at best, but Joey Gazelle (Walker) knows them well. His skills are tested tot he limit though, when he has to return a cop's gun 'acquired' by a neighbour.

by Angie Errigo |
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Release Date:

06 Jan 2005

Running Time:

122 minutes



Original Title:

Running Scared

Jersey mob hood Joey (Walker) and his family have a wild, crazy night when the kid next door steals a gun and goes on the run. Joey has to get the incriminating weapon back before the cops, his bosses or a psychotic Russian crimelord - who are all converging - get wise. Meanwhile, the gun keeps changing hands, while the perp (Bright) has a series of encounters with junkies, whores and kiddy-fiddlers.

‘Colourful’ set-pieces include the send-up of a familiar advert: “Half a pound of Semtex, $500. Getting rid of a dirty cop, priceless.” This ultra-violent thriller from The Cooler’s writer-director Wayne Kramer is filthy fun, with more wrinkles than a cheap suit and a climax like a Spaghetti Western shoot-out on ice.

Stylish, rollicking post-Tarantino trash which does the business at such a pace you barely notice its preposterousness.
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