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In this action thriller based on an early story by Stephen King, Los Angeles in the year 2017 has become a police state in the wake of the global economy's total collapse. All forms of entertainment are government controlled, and the most popular show on television is an elaborate game show in which convicted criminals are given a chance to escape by running through a gauntlet of brutal killers known as "Stalkers." Anyone who survives is given their freedom and a condominium in Hawaii, so when a wrongly accused citizen (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is chosen as a contestant, all hell breaks loose. Cheesy sets and a slimy role for game-show host Richard Dawson make this violent mess of mayhem a candidate for guilty pleasure; it is the kind of movie that truly devoted Arnold fans will want to watch more than once. And check those credits--choreography by Paula Abdul! --Jeff Shannon--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
New 2012 Audio Commentary with Director PAUL MICHAEL GLASER --This text refers to the Blu-ray edition.
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What went wrong? I don't know but reviewer Main Man can tell you all about it due to his high knowledge of wrestling. It's been close to a decade since I seen wrestling and the last straw was when Owen Hart lost his life over a stunt to please the fans!
Aside from that, "The Running Man" actually tries to tell something important about the television entertainment we are having nowadays.Read more ›
There's really nothing complicated about The Running Man. Stephen King (writing as Richard Bachman) wrote the original short novel over the course of three days and published it pretty much as it was, with little editing to speak of. This is entertainment, not a deep psychological study of tyranny or a cinematic lament of 21st century American society. While the film does deviate from King's original novel (especially in terms of the ending), it does capture the adrenaline and animalistic frenzy that defines King's original vision. In the futuristic plot, America has become one big police state, a totalitarian society that controls the thoughts and actions of all citizens -- and keeps them happy through such wildly popular state-run broadcasts as The Running Man. Like the gladiator fights and slaughters of Christians inside the Roman Coliseum of old, this reality show stirs up the blood lust of all members of society, displacing the woes of their everyday life with the thrill of a deadly hunt for hardened criminals. It's The Most Dangerous Game on a societal level -- strip the victim of all humanity in your own eyes, give him a head start, hunt him down like an animal, and kill him.Read more ›
convicted of a crime in the future.His sentence:being a contestant on a
brutal reality TV show where the inmates face overwhelming odds to stay
alive against their opponents,who are armed and also well protected
from head to toe.the game is basically rigged in favour of their
opponents.thus far no convict has ever made it out alive.but of course
Arnie is no ordinary inmate.this reality TV show makes what passes for
reality TV today look like Mister Rogers.anyway,the film is filled with
terrific action sequences,some wit courtesy of some classic Arnie one
liners.there are also some suspenseful moments,and some terrific death
scenes.the acting may not be stellar,but hey,it's Arnie,so who needs
good acting.overall,a very well paced,entertaining piece of work. 3.5/5
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This is an old movie but I consider it a classic. It was a must have in my library while replacing tapes with DVD . I'm a fan of both these giants. Read morePublished on April 4 2013 by Xphile
The Running Man is loosely based on the novella of the same name by Richard Bachman, aka Stephen King. Read morePublished on Aug. 17 2011 by Jason Barrett
Let this be a lesson to me (and anyone else suffering from inadequate technology) - after giving my blu-ray player an apparently much needed firmware update, and adjusting the... Read morePublished on July 6 2011 by Cheryl
THIS MOVIE SUCKS! ITS JUST ABOUT A CONVICT WHO RUNS! EVERY ONE SAID YOU HAVE TO SEE IT IT'S AN ACTION CLASIC! BUT NO ITS HORIBLE! Read morePublished on Sept. 2 2007 by thibs happy dude from canada
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