Reviewed byWhitmanPriceHaddadVote: 9/10/10
This is a classic action flick from the '80s featuring ArnoldSchwarzenegger in one of his most memorable roles. Set in a futuristicpolice state where the government controls everything, including thetelevision networks. One of their most popular TV shows is "The RunningMan", where convicted felons are hunted down and killed for theentertainment of millions. It's set up like a game show, where theaudience votes for their favorite "stalkers", trained killers who huntdown and kill the show's unlucky "contestants". Audience members alsowin prizes for correctly predicting who will be killed by whom. And thehost is played by none other than Family Feud's Richard Dawson, who'sgame show experience makes him well suited for this role. When BenRichards (Arnold) is falsely accused of mass murder, he is forced toplay this sadistic game.
This movie is chock full of classic Arnold one-liners, such as hisfamous "I'll be back" right before he enters the arena. And he taunts astalker armed with a flamethrower with "How about a light?" I could goon and on, but I don't want to spoil the movie. It's funny stuff!
Whether it was intended or not, this movie serves as a great parody oftoday's "Reality TV" craze. Already there are numerous programs thatshow people enduring pain and humiliation for the entertainment ofviewers, and even court cases are televised for their "entertainmentvalue". Running Man demonstrates what would happen if reality TV hitrock bottom, and it is a scary picture. One can only hope that thenetworks have the common sense not to let it go that far.
Overall, this is a fun film & I highly recommend it. 9 out of 10!
Reviewed bywierzbowskisteedmanVote: 9/10/10
In the near future, Arnold stars as Ben Richards, a wrongly convictedman coerced into playing 'The Running Man', a deadly TV game show wherepeople have to keep moving to try and escape brutal deaths at the handsof the 'Stalkers'. Of course, people are expected to die eventually andits up to Arnold to prove the system wrong.
I haven't read the Stephen King book, but this is a great filmregardless, one of Arnold's best. He does what he does best in theaction man role, delivering death with unforgettable one-liners.Classics are probably the 'He was a real pain in the neck' afterstrangling a guy with barb wire, and 'He had to split!', referring towhereabouts he just chain sawed someone vertically. Dawson is perfectlyirritating as the TV presenter, and all the 'Stalkers' are suitablycamp. The action is violent, but its an action film. That's the point.The film is fast paced, and at 90 minutes it doesn't overstay itswelcome.
With Starsky and Hutch's Paul Michael Glaser at the helm, and made inthe wake of the success of The Terminator, previously this film wasprobably seen as just another mindless action vehicle for Arnold, andvery far fetched. But today, anyone who watches a lot of TV could seehow the film is getting closer to reality. I wouldn't be surprised if Iturn on the TV in the 'near future' and see a show not to far fromthis.
On that depressing note, I must however recommend 'The Running Man' toanyone who likes the 80s, Arnold, ridiculous acts or violence or just agood action film. 9. 5 / 10
Reviewed bynastynate69Vote: 9/10/10
This movie is one of the most Underrated movie of its time. Whenwatching this movie , your filled with action, and when somethings notreally happing , the humour is un matched. Brilliant writing for amovie that was made to give us a bloody mix , of a game show wherecriminals are the contestants, and a near future where the generalpublic all have a thirst for blood.Also Arnold Doesn't let us down withsome of his best one liners.I don't want to spoil anything for you ,buti will tell you when Arnold gives his "I'll be back line" He gets thebest response of them all in this movie. Hope you enjoy this gem asmuch as i did.
In the year 2017, the world economy has collapsed. The great freedoms of the United States are no longer, as the once great nation has sealed off its borders and become a militarized police state, censoring all film, art, literature, and communications. Even so, a small resistance force led by two revolutionaries manages to fight the oppression. With full control over the media, the government attempts to quell the nation's yearning for freedom by broadcasting a number of game shows on which convicted criminals fight for their lives. The most popular and sadistic of these programs is "The Running Man," hosted by Damon Killian. When a peaceful protest of starving citizens gathers in Bakersfield, California, a police officer named Ben Richards is ordered to fire on the crowd, which he refuses to do. Subdued by the other officers, the attack is carried out, and Richards is framed for the murder of almost a hundred unarmed civilians. Following a daring jail break months later, Richards is...