Is The Running Man a good film?
I have no idea, but I’ve watched it at least a dozen times in the past 20 years, and I’ll watch it again. The 1987 film is certainly not the singular artistic vision of a supremely gifted auteur; it is not well-acted; the set design is imitative at best and terribly cheesy at worst; the costumes are silly; the music sucks. But The Running Man is zany fun, not least of all because its clumsy satire of a society clamoring to be entertained at any cost is as relevant as ever. The Running Man aims for biting satire, but it inevitably reproduces the exact thing it aims to critique: a loud, violent, silly distracting entertainment.
The Running Man foreground’s its plot in a (now retro-)futuristic font scroll at the film’s outset:
Those « high-tech gladiators » (dressed in ridiculous outfits and bearing ridiculous names like « Subzero »…
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