Arnold stars as a wrongly convicted federal criminal who escapes a futuristic prison. Once out he promptly is recaptured and put on a television show called the Running Man. A show where one must make his way through a labyrinth being pursued by trackers that include a chainsaw wielding maniac to a hockey playing sumo. It makes for an entertaining ride though it differs greatly from the Richard Bachman novel from which it came from (aka Stephen King). In that story there was no game show arena, rather you just went to the outside world trying to elude the trackers as best you could and the longer you kept hidden from them the more money your family got. Here it is different and look who is in it. With Arnold you need larger than life villains to go against him and also of note is Richard Dawson who is actually rather good as the host of the demented show. Let's face it though, he isn't exactly differing drastically from what he used to do all the time. So what do you get here? Lot's of action and wham bam finish and a little social commentary thrown in for good measure. You also get an entertaining movie that won't keep you on the edge of your seat, but will pass some time in a fun way.
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The Running Man (1987)
A wrongly convicted man must try to survive a public execution gauntlet staged as a game show.
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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...
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Came up with a rather bizarre movie that differs greatly from the story it was taken from.Reviewed byAaron1375Vote: 8/10
Released just as Arnold Schwarzenegger was achieving megastar status, thisfilm about stardom is a wry pun on his career and the media business aroundhim. Films like these are not meant to be analysed, they are meant to beenjoyed, and THE RUNNING MAN certainly manages to do that.
After a shaky start involving the worst title sequence in the history ofcinema (although it's good to see the Sinclair Spectrum finally get globaluse!), director Paul Michael Glaser presents an eye-popping glimpse at thetelevision of tomorrow. This witty slice of sociological irony would haveadmittedly been slicker in the hands of regular Paul Verhoeven, but Glaserkeeps the action flowing throughout, and presents us with some bizarrelyfascinating villains as well as the usual action frolics. One query, though,is over the level of violence. Oddly enough there doesn't really seem to beenough. In a program where the broad concept is horrifically barbaric,Glaser seems reluctant to horrify us beyond the disappointing "see the bloodspattering from the violence that's just off camera" and those awful rubbercorpses! I do not wish to appear to be encouraging unnecessary violence, butin a comic-book film where 'gore is its core', not including it almost makesyou feel that it is trying to take itself too seriously, and therefore makesit even more horrific. Perhaps this delicate subject is better explained byPaul Verhoeven in his excellent commentary to ROBOCOP (DVD CriterionCollection).
But the performances in THE RUNNING MAN are suitably solid, from thepowerful Schwarzenegger to the sleazy game show host. Any fan of the 80saction genre will love this, so sit back and prepare forSHOWTIME!!!!!!
I am probably one of the few who actually read Stephen King's book, the one this movie was based on. After reading this excellent work, I could not wait to see the movie version of it. After viewing the movie, I was TOTALLY disappointed. The only thing that this movie has in common with the book is the title and the names of the characters. In the book, Schwarzenegger's character is put on a game show. The main object is to survive. But he's not in an arena. He's set loose in the city and has to escape the game show's (I guess you'd call them) villians, who bear absolutely no resemblence to the movie characters. This premise built much tension and suspension and ended greatly with the climax. The movie was absolute garbage. There was no cinematic quality to it. I totally respect Arnold Schwarzenegger as an actor, but he messed up with this one.