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
I can remember the first time I saw Running Scared when it first came out and being blown away by it and I still am to this day. This is one intense, twisted, exciting and extremely violent film that the late Paul Walker should be proud to have to his resume along with the equally underrated and great Joy Ride. Running Scared is loaded with style and thrills and is literally nonstop. Its like an extremely dark graphic novel type neo noir fairy tale. From the director of the great film The Cooler do not miss this overlooked gem along with The Cooler as well
This movie had a few absolutely Chilling scenes in it. The boy that everyone is chasing after falls out of the frying pan and into the fire. One particular scene floored me with how much trouble he is really in. Things were looking good for him.. sorta and boom, big, big trouble.
This was one heck of a great movie! I'm not really a huge Paul Walker fan, but he shows some great acting chops in this film. It also has a really well thought-out, though a bit over the top, plot and script, which makes for an entertaining watch.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Bargin bin buy
Owned for 1.5 years when reviewed.
Good value for a hard to find cult classic. Wish I hadn't misplaced it!
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
A hardcore, gritty, and relentless action gem.
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.