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.~Mark Deming
Paul Walker's best film by far. If only we could have gotten more like this.
Running Scared was one of those semi-indie, almost-big budget feeling movies I just happened to discover in the early 2000's, on DVD. Was very happy to get it back on blu-ray.
It will take you through a grimy, frantic ride through drama, danger, violence, and crime as an undercover cop looks to save a young boy in need, protect his family and somehow keep himself alive in the process. Delivered with a hyper stylized, almost magical realism sense of dynamic energy, brutality and graphic novel-esque creativity, it's one unique action movie with a solid story and cast of characters.
A must see if you want something rough, real and fresh.
I bought this movie for my wife. She just recently began to watch the Fast and the Furious Series movies and she's become a big fan of the late Paul Walker. I recommended this movie to her because it is one of best performances and underappreciated roles by Paul Walker. The movie has a good story and great actors such as Vera Farminga, Elizabeth Mitchell, etc. My Wife liked it and we think you will too if you take a chance. Review written by Mermaid Keri's Husband.
This is a movie I have been looking for and finally found at best buy. A real 5 star movie. Get it if you can
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
One of the Best Movies Ever!!!
From beginning to end, this film will keep your heart racing, and your mind wondering what else can happen, this film is definitely a heart racer. "Running Scared" will have you on the edge of your seat, jumping and yelling at the TV, and simply memorized by how brilliant it truly is, from the way it is shot, and directed, to the craziest Chase sequences, with an opening that will blow you away, you'll love it hands down!
While Paul Walker is best known for the Fast and Furious films this is my favorite movie of his and shows without a doubt what a truly magnificent actor he was.. his early death truly was a tragedy and he is greatly missed.. this Blu-ray is impeccable as far as picture and audio and is highly recommended for fans of his as well as those who enjoy excellent and intelligent thrillers