Hate to say it but I kind of love this film. Yeah it's plotted like a bunch of a hole Tarantino fanboys got together and circle jerked a movie into existence. But there's a weird family dynamic thats shoehorned into a plot involving, the mafia, child abuse, police corruption, and black light massacres...you see where I'm going. Stylized to point where it feels like it was made on another planet inhabited by dicks.
It feels quite dated now, stylistically. But, the exceptionally vulgar language, brutal action sequences, and one absurd caricature after another amount to a ride that stayed pretty fun after all these years.
It's far from perfect, but I keep coming back to "Running Scared." The bleak, grimy, surreal atmosphere, streetwise sense of place and absolutely non-stop intensity almost entirely defy comparison. Vera Farmiga and Chazz Palminteri are also excellent.
If I told Wayne Kramer this was one of the funniest movies I've ever seen in my life, do you think he would be glad to hear it or do you think he'd be seriously offended? I'm honestly asking, I've been debating with my family for days whether or not this was intended to be a black comedy. Even the child molesters are hysterical.
A lurid, over-the-top thriller that is way too occupied channeling Tony Scott and Oliver Stone to actually tell a coherent story. I have no problem with films that don't feature a single redeemable character. It only becomes a problem when there is nothing worth investing in. It features some of Walker's best work, but takes so many terrible directions that it ultimately becomes an empty tiresome bore.
the amount of stuff and ridiculously fast pacing are mind-blowing.
the script, dialogues, editing, jeez... you don't come across such films that often.
and all these new twilight zone characters that keep popping up...freakin' hell