(Paul Walker, Cameron Bright, Vera Farmiga, Chazz Palminteri, Johnny Messner, et al / R / 89 mins / New Line)
Overview: A low-level gangster (Walker) has the task of getting rid of the guns used in mob killings, which he's been doing by storing them in his basement for some reason. When the friend of his 10-year-old son steals one of the pistols and uses it to kill his violent stepdad, all hell breaks loose, as the mob flunky has to recover the gun before it falls into the cops' hands.
Verdict: 'Running Scared' is giddily awful, awfully giddy action noir flick that is just not meant to be taken seriously on any supposedly "realistic" level! Deeply disturbing on all kinds of levels, 'Running Scared' would have benefited from a lot less pulp and better fiction. A ferociously energetic piece of filmmaking, 'RS' severely lacks Tarantino's imagination and therefore could even now be classified as the worst movie of the year!