The Running Man
The Running Man
R | 13 November 1987 (USA)
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By 2017, the global economy has collapsed and U.S. society has become a totalitarian police state, censoring all cultural activity. The government pacifies the populace by broadcasting a number of game shows in which convicted criminals fight for their lives, including the gladiator-style The Running Man, hosted by the ruthless Damon Killian, where “runners” attempt to evade “stalkers” and certain death for a chance to be pardoned and set free.


For all the hype it got I was expecting a lot more!

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Awesome Movie


A waste of 90 minutes of my life

Quiet Muffin

This movie tries so hard to be funny, yet it falls flat every time. Just another example of recycled ideas repackaged with women in an attempt to appeal to a certain audience.

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Alexander Peter

This film is fun, corny at times but sometimes it is able to actual show off an interesting future that immerses you in this totalitarian world. It isn't Total Recall or Predator, but as far as Arnie movies go, it is up there. Full of one liners, memorable set pieces and characters (although admittedly a lot of stock) this is what you would expect, but there are some flaws. Mario Alonso, for the most part, is just annoying and just becomes a women character that Arnold has to get along with. It is annoying, and she doesn't do much, but she doesn't detract too much from this action classic. If your having an 80s action movie marathon, put this on your list.

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Overall: This movie is a fun, one time watch maybe with some friends. Other than that I wouldn't watch it.Good: The concept is quite cool even if it isn't explained that well. Good performances all around, especially from the host of the show.Bad: Again the actual show isn't explained that well and the movie feels slow through it's opening act. I nearly fell asleep during the whole setup stage which just felt like setup and not in the flow of the movie. The so-called STALKERS which are the shows 'main attraction' are boring and could have been so much more creative. The movie is set in the future so it makes sense for weird and wacky stalkers that could make the movie more interesting. Schwartenenengers trademark one liners are present but overstay their welcome after the first few. This movie is also pretty old and its effects haven't aged that well but that is just nitpicking. Best Part: The fight scene versus Sub Zero was quite fun and more interesting than the others.6/10

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A wrongly convicted man (Arnold Schwarzenegger) must try to survive a public execution gauntlet staged as a game show.Original director Andrew Davis was fired one week into filming and replaced by Glaser. Schwarzenegger has stated this was a "terrible decision" as Glaser "shot the movie like it was a television show, losing all the deeper themes". I don't know if this is true or not, as it would be really hard to comment on a version of a film that doesn't exist.I think the themes are still there: the American love of violence, the growing prominence of television and ratings, the distrust of government. Sure, it is covered with a candy shell. Amid the violence, we have some silly characters (Dynamo) and plenty of one-liners. This may have the most Schwarzenegger one-liners in a single film, and they are appropriately awful.

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Continuing my plan to watch every Arnie movie in order, I come to his second movie of 1987 The Running Man.Plot In A Paragraph: in the year 2017 Ben Richards (Arnie) a wrongly convicted man, must try to survive a public execution gauntlet staged as a game show.After Predator, It's sad to see Arnie is effectively back in cheap B movie territory. His tongue is planted firmly in his cheek, he is charismatic and it is certainly a fun watch that I enjoy. Especially with his one liners and watching him say "I'm not in to politics"Following the success of Predator, Arnie landed himself a nice pay rise, with his next movie he took home $5,000,000. His pay had risen $4,000,000 in four movies. So he was doing something right. However fun it is, you can't escape what a missed opportunity this is. This should have been a blockbuster. However it's cheaply made, and a little bit too light and campy. In his autobiography Total Recall, Arnie talks about how when he left the set after one week of shooting for a few days, and when he came back the original director was fired by the producers, over budget concerns ($25 mill budget, $5 mill of it went straight to Arnie) and replaced with Paul Michael Glaser (of Starsky & Hutch fame) who had never directed a movie before, but was cheap and available. Arnie was furious at this, called it a "terrible decision" and he felt the movie was "screwed up" Finishing the year the 30th highest grossing movie of 1987, With a $38 million gross at the domestic Box Office, The Running Man did the same box office that most Arnie movies were doing at the time $20-$40 million range, when it certainly had the potential to be bigger.

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