Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Review: Running Scared - the best movie no one's seen

We all have movies we love, that are not exactly Oscar-winners. That favourite movie that you adore for reasons you can't really explain with any sort of high-level film speak. Whether they were Box-office bombs or just plain bad, it doesn't matter because there's something about them that makes you watch them over and over again.

No one, including me, noticed when Running Scared came out in 2006. An over-the-top crime film starring Paul Walker, who's basically made a career out of all those Fast and Furious movies. It's even got Vera Farmiga (before she got all famous and Oscar-nominated), who manages to steal the spotlight in every scene she's in. Her portrayal of a mom doing whatever she has to do, to protect her family, is gut-wrenching and quite impressive.

Although it received mixed reviews, I absolutely love it. The plot follows the characters searching for and running after after a missing gun. It's a dark, excessively violent, mob-movie with twists and turns that keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time. As a huge Tarantino and Scorsese fan, I'm perfectly alright with the over-the-top, brutal violence and blood - in fact, it doesn't feel like a mob-movie without those elements. That's what an obsession with Goodfellas and The Sopranos will do to you.

For Crime Film fanatics - the first four minutes of the movie should be enough to convince you.

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