Director: Wayne Kramer
Starring: Paul Walker, Chazz Palminteri, Wayne
Brady, Vera Farmiga, Johnny Messner
RunTime: 1 hr 57 mins
Released By: Shaw
Language and Violence)
Day: 23 March 2006
Joey Gazelle (Paul Walker) is a low level mob flunkie whose
role is to dispose of "hot" guns from mob killings...
until two 10-year-old boys get their hands on a mob gun with
which a cop was shot. Then all hell break loose…
you in the mood for a lot of blood, gore, violence and action
with a lot of really offensive language? If you’ve answered
yes to all of the above, then you will probably like Running
bizarre action flick reminiscent of Quentin Tarantino’s
Pulp Fiction minus the clever dialogue, the story has an unhealthy
overdose of shady characters comprising of drug dealers and
addicts, hookers, ruthless mobsters, a wife beater, a creepy
pedophile couple, dirty cops and one really cheesy pimp. Basically
this gritty and dark movie puts New Jersey in a very, very
bad light. Not having ever been to Brooklyn, New Jersey, I
really hope that this is just an over-the-top exaggeration
of the city.
Paul Walker of Fast and Furious fame, Walker tries valiantly
to shed his pretty boy image to play a low level mob flunky,
Joey Gazelle. Joey is given the job to dispose of two guns
used to kill two dirty cops in a drug deal gone wrong. Instead
of getting rid of the evidence, he hides the guns in his basement
where his son and his neighbour’s kid, Oleg, are hiding.
later, shots are fired next door and when stray bullets hit
the Gazelle household, Joey goes over to find Oleg’s
abusive stepfather shot in the shoulder, and the kid on the
run. This sets loose a chain of events and Joey must find
the kid and the gun to try and stop things from getting any
worse than they already are.
director Wayne Kramer’s efforts to be visually stylish,
there are several special effects used in the action scenes
that are very CSI-like. Cleverly using time wrapping to slow
down and reverse sequences, it does make it interesting, although
not very original. On the flipside, some people will find
it intrusive and out of sync with the whole feel and look
of the entire movie.
terms of pacing and plotline, the movie opens with a violent
and bloody scene, but then things go out of point when instead
of continuing with the story, there is a mini sex scene out
of nowhere that involves Joey and his wife in the laundry
room with the door open. It was a pointless scene that only
made to prove what kind of lousy parents they were, considering
their kid and his friend are just somewhere nearby in the
same house. Thankfully, things get back on track as we reach
the middle - filled with twists and turns, speeding up as
we head toward the end.
characters are mostly very 2D and it is a bit difficult to
feel for both wife and husband, even though they are suppose
to be good guys (compared to all the other scum), because
they have some really serious character flaws. One clear example
is the wife feeling little remorse after she kills two people.
characters aside, the two actors that really stand out are
Vera Farmiga, who play’s Joey’s wife, Teresa and
Cameron Bright who plays Oleg, the kid with the gun. These
two actors easily outshine Paul Walker, and their acting is
superbly done, even though their characters are somewhat stereotypical.
if you can look past the violence and some nudity, it isn’t
all that bad for an action movie.
violent movie with interesting twists throughout the story,
get prepared for one really wild ride)
by Jolene Tan