Running Scared (2006, USA/GER) C-122m. SCOPE ** D: Wayne Kramer. Starring Paul Walker, Cameron Bright, Vera Farmiga, Karel Roden, Johnny Messner, Ivana Milicevic, Chazz Palmnitieri, Bruce Altman. Criminal Walker returns home to his family after a shoot-out with some corrupt cops and becomes a witness to the shooting of his Russian neighbor by his son, who is friends with his own son. The boy has used his weapon and Walker must try to retrieve it before the police do. Super-charged action thriller, with super-stylish (though rather meaningless) visuals. The story is totally implausible and unpleasant; it provides violence for the sake of violence. Quentin Tarantino is among the film's defenders. Nice theme by Mark Isham.

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