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Freerunner [Blu-ray]

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Item Type: DVD Movie
Item Rating: R
Street Date: 10/18/11
Wide Screen: yes
Director Cut: no
Special Edition: no
LanguageENGLISH
Foreign Film: no
Subtitlesno
Dubbed: no
Full Frame: no
Re-Release: no
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Amazon.com: 2.4 out of 5 stars  14 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A New Camp Classic Or Just Plain Painful: Lovers Of Bad Movie Mayhem Unite Oct. 14 2011
By K. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray
Has the world been clamoring for a movie about parkour or freerunning, an acrobatic style of moving through areas densely populated with obstacles? There is no doubt that since its inception in France, the FreeRunning movement has been gaining traction in some urban markets--but can you really make a movie about it? Or perhaps the better question is, should you? Whatever the answer may be, we've got "Freerunner." I'm going to be particularly blunt in my evaluation of "Freerunner" as a movie. With amateur theatrics, nonsensical plotting, blatant errors in continuity and timing, and head-scratching dialogue--the movie is a bizarre disaster. Feel free to call me names now. But with some well choreographed sequences, does it achieve what it set out to do? Probably. I doubt anyone here really thought they were serving up a new classic, they were only interested in showcasing Freerunning as a phenomenon. As such, certain action segments are quite successful.

The movie's so-called plot revolves around an established group of racing freerunners fronted by a low-level hood. Sean Faris, playing an idealist hoping to establish his new life, bets everything on what he hopes will be his last race. The movie begins as the race progresses with jumping, fighting, and general mayhem. But things take a sinister turn. I actually would not reveal the plot development that transforms the movie at the 30 minute mark--it is the film's biggest moment. But any surprise has already been destroyed by the film's marketing, product description, and DVD cover. So, I'll be vague and say that the race turns into a scramble for life itself as unscrupulous billionaires hijack the proceedings for inhuman sport. The rest is a fairly entertaining, fairly brainless race to the finish. Who will survive?

Here's the real deal, though. I'm not sure if I think "Freerunner" is just bad or if it is gloriously and brilliantly bad catapulting it to a whole other level worthy of respect. It really does border on being a possible camp classic. Here are some highlights:

The Good:
Good choreography--racing and fighting
Explosions

The Bad:
Faris' awkward narration about friendship that opens and closes the movie
Rebecca da Costa's brutally wooden performance as Faris' girlfriend
The most ridiculous batch of billionaires imaginable
Rules of game consistently change--you can be driven to a checkpoint in a freerunning competition?
Pretty much the entire script and all dialogue. Six people share credit for the screenplay!

So Bad, It's Good:
They sell the car, but da Costa is driving it several minutes later.
With 20 minutes left to the race, they want to put henchmen on Faris. Next scene (with no time elapsed), he automatically has people chasing him.
Danny Dyer as the primary villain, always a delight
Pretty much the entire script and all dialogue. I repeat, six people!

I have no doubt some people will think "Freerunner" is the worst movie of the year, and with good cause. But is there brilliance to the badness? I'm still not sure. If you think the movie sounds terrible, stay far away--nothing in the actual film will change your mind. If you don't particularly care about logic or acting or screenwriting, but just like action--this may meet your needs. And if you love bad movie mayhem, this may also be worth your investment. KGHarris, 10/11.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A New Camp Classic Or Just Plain Painful: Lovers Of Bad Movie Mayhem Unite Oct. 21 2011
By K. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Has the world been clamoring for a movie about parkour or freerunning, an acrobatic style of moving through areas densely populated with obstacles? There is no doubt that since its inception in France, the FreeRunning movement has been gaining traction in some urban markets--but can you really make a movie about it? Or perhaps the better question is, should you? Whatever the answer may be, we've got "Freerunner." I'm going to be particularly blunt in my evaluation of "Freerunner" as a movie. With amateur theatrics, nonsensical plotting, blatant errors in continuity and timing, and head-scratching dialogue--the movie is a bizarre disaster. Feel free to call me names now. But with some well choreographed sequences, does it achieve what it set out to do? Probably. I doubt anyone here really thought they were serving up a new classic, they were only interested in showcasing Freerunning as a phenomenon. As such, certain action segments are quite successful.

The movie's so-called plot revolves around an established group of racing freerunners fronted by a low-level hood. Sean Faris, playing an idealist hoping to establish his new life, bets everything on what he hopes will be his last race. The movie begins as the race progresses with jumping, fighting, and general mayhem. But things take a sinister turn. I actually would not reveal the plot development that transforms the movie at the 30 minute mark--it is the film's biggest moment. But any surprise has already been destroyed by the film's marketing, product description, and DVD cover. So, I'll be vague and say that the race turns into a scramble for life itself as unscrupulous billionaires hijack the proceedings for inhuman sport. The rest is a fairly entertaining, fairly brainless race to the finish. Who will survive?

Here's the real deal, though. I'm not sure if I think "Freerunner" is just bad or if it is gloriously and brilliantly bad catapulting it to a whole other level worthy of respect. It really does border on being a possible camp classic. Here are some highlights:

The Good:
Good choreography--racing and fighting
Explosions

The Bad:
Faris' awkward narration about friendship that opens and closes the movie
Rebecca da Costa's brutally wooden performance as Faris' girlfriend
The most ridiculous batch of billionaires imaginable
Rules of game consistently change--you can be driven to a checkpoint in a freerunning competition?
Pretty much the entire script and all dialogue. Six people share credit for the screenplay!

So Bad, It's Good:
They sell the car, but da Costa is driving it several minutes later.
With 20 minutes left to the race, they want to put henchmen on Faris. Next scene (with no time elapsed), he automatically has people chasing him.
Danny Dyer as the primary villain, always a delight
Pretty much the entire script and all dialogue. I repeat, six people!

I have no doubt some people will think "Freerunner" is the worst movie of the year, and with good cause. But is there brilliance to the badness? I'm still not sure. If you think the movie sounds terrible, stay far away--nothing in the actual film will change your mind. If you don't particularly care about logic or acting or screenwriting, but just like action--this may meet your needs. And if you love bad movie mayhem, this may also be worth your investment. KGHarris, 10/11.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars TALK IS CHEAP. MONEY BUYS WHISKEY. Oct. 8 2011
By The Movie Guy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
This is a film about an illegal sport called "Freerunning." A group of young men run through the city (filmed in Cleveland), impervious to sidewalks, direct routes, or roads. Rather they run and jump over things to the thrill of Internet viewers. Then man who runs this operation makes his money from running a bookie operation, allowing viewers to bet on the runners. Of course once you have the 3 flags needed to win the tournament, you need to be an expert kick boxer to keep them. The running is fast paced with acrobatics done to an appropriate sound track.

Ryan (Sean Faris), one of the runners works mopping floors in a hospital and cares for his bed ridden grandfather. He has a gf (Rebecca Da Costa) who is way out of his league. She sings in a bar and dreams of living on a beach. Ryan, who lost the last race, and has never beaten Finch (Ryan Doyle) decides to go against the rules and bet on himself using a shill so he can make that big score and move to the beach with his gf and gramps. Yes, even his gf thinks the whole thing is stupid. I thought, "This is it? This is the best plot they can attach to freerunning?"

Then it happens, the unexpected plot twist involving an evil black man named, "Jacque."

F-bomb, sex, nudity. 3 1/2 stars
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars TALK IS CHEAP. MONEY BUYS WHISKEY June 25 2012
By The Movie Guy - Published on Amazon.com
This is a film about an illegal sport called "Freerunning." A group of young men run through the city (filmed in Cleveland), impervious to sidewalks, direct routes, or roads. Rather they run and jump over things to the thrill of Internet viewers. Then man who runs this operation makes his money from running a bookie operation, allowing viewers to bet on the runners. Of course once you have the 3 flags needed to win the tournament, you need to be an expert kick boxer to keep them. The running is fast paced with acrobatics done to an appropriate sound track.

Ryan (Sean Faris), one of the runners works mopping floors in a hospital and cares for his bed ridden grandfather. He has a gf (Rebecca Da Costa) who is way out of his league. She sings in a bar and dreams of living on a beach. Ryan, who lost the last race, and has never beaten Finch (Ryan Doyle) decides to go against the rules and bet on himself using a shill so he can make that big score and move to the beach with his gf and gramps. Yes, even his gf thinks the whole thing is stupid. I thought, "This is it? This is the best plot they can attach to freerunning?"

Then it happens, the unexpected plot twist involving an evil black man named, "Jacque."

F-bomb, sex, nudity. 3 1/2 stars
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Every Director Has To Start Somewhere Oct. 21 2011
By MadMacs - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
And I suppose many first-time directors are inspired by (a.k.a. copy) what they've seen before - because that's all we get with 'Freerunner'. A shoddy cliché-ridden prop vehicle made up of parts from other, better, movies; with a derivative plot seemingly scribbled onto the back of a Chinese take-out menu.

My interest in the rental was the Parkour aspect. And what there was - was repetitive, badly choreographed and shot with the detestable shaky-cam. If you can't properly showcase the skill, what's the point of a flick like this?

The stunning ability of some of these young urban athletes is completely lost in this amateurish production. You're honestly better off watching clips on YouTube.

An infinitely more enjoyable, more cogent, parkour-inspired film: "District B13".

The most interesting aspect for me, since the flick itself was ridiculous, was noting how much Sean Faris looks like a taller Tom Cruise. Not an unintentional coincidence I presume.

Personal Note: I have to admit at expending energy attempting to spot the adam's apple of the co-star lead played by actress Rebecca Da Costa.

Yikes. {:-{

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