Science fiction and fantasy
The Running Man
directed by Paul Michael Glaser
The programme's host, Damon Killian (Richard Dawson), is worried about ratings. He decides he wants Ben Richards in his show to give it some spice. Killian is more concerned with the way things will look on camera than in any sense of justice. The show's winners are promised their freedom, and previous winners are shown living the high life on tropical islands. But is that really where they are?
The Running Man is largely a vehicle for Schwarzenegger, but he doesn't really carry it off. His acting is wooden, and it's only during the action scenes that he convinces. Of course there are plenty of those, although these would have been better if the costumes and props wielded by characters such as Captain Freedom, Dynamo, Buzzsaw and Subzero weren't quite so laughable.
Ben Richards is a true hero, without ambiguity, and he faces opponents who are corrupt, cowardly and odious. This is not a film full of nuance or moral conflicts. Yet its themes of brutality as entertainment and the falsity of media are still relevant to our times. A film with as much yellow spandex as this one has is hard to take seriously, and it's mostly a bit of fun. The Running Man is shallow, cheesy, and extremely retro, yet still quite enjoyable.
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