Who the king of the show is? Arnold is the king of the show!
It is the year 1987. Ronald Reagan rules the USA, Andy Warhol quietly dies after giving a brand new notion of “modern art”. Oliver Stone’s war masterpiece “Platoon” wins the Oscar award for best motion picture of the year.
Meanwhile, Arnold Schwarzenegger continues his glorious forward march in Hollywood, by participating in the blockbuster “The Running Man”, initially conceived by the rich imagination of Richard Bachman, a.k.a. the master of horror Stephen King.
In fact, the sci-fi action film, directed by the famous TV director and actor Paul Michael Glaser (“Starsky and Hutch”) is far from being a horror flick. Moreover, a movie starring the ludicrous Arnie can hardly be given a different definition from comedy or parody. Or at least it looks that way.
Following the eponymous novel by Stephen King, the plot tells the story of the wrongly convicted for a massacre Ben Richards who is forced to participate in a highly popular reality show on TV, called “The Running man”.
In this show, convicted criminals are given the opportunity to fight for their freedom. In order to achieve that, they must face different “stalkers”-men who hunt them all over the city with various deadly weapons. One must admit that the director has put successful efforts in his desire to recreate the futuristic, catastrophic and totalitarian society, developed by Stephen King.
The beautiful Maria Conchita Alonso in the role of Amber Mendez, the two celebrated ex-wrestlers Jesse Ventura as Captain Freedom and Professor Toru Tanaka as Subzero as well as Jim Brown, probably the most glorious NFL player ever in the role of Fireball, are among the most famous names in the cast.
This is a Funny Action Movie Because:
Without any doubt, all eyes are on Arnold who once again steals the show and it is because of him that the film is so successful and laughable. There are plenty of unintentional comic moments featuring “the Austrian Oak” and we are all sure that the director didn’t cut them on purpose. After all, the key to a successful Arnold movie is just to let the guy be himself in front of the camera.
The comedy starts at the very beginning of the movie where Arnold is driving a chopper and when the crew attacks him, he starts with his moaning, which sounds like coming from a wounded panda. The famous “Aaaargh” is back again and combined with his unbelievable Austrian accent and funny face moves will definitely make you laugh.
No need to mention the huge, almost unnatural muscular physic, that makes him look like a sweet debil. His muscularity and inhuman strength are demonstrated in the scene where he is easily carrying an enormous metal branch.
Funnily, the scene reminds the one from “Commando”, where Arnold is carrying a huge stump, all sweaty and with his biceps about to explode. He is just like a bodybuilder and at some moment, he is wearing a t-shirt with a stamp “World Gym”. At this precise moment, I paused the movie and went to hit the iron by doing bench press push-ups.
When our character is already in the reality show, he wears a ridiculous and tight yellow circus outfit, which makes him look even more retarded.
Enough credits for Mr. Olympia.
The so-called “stalkers” or the hunters who chase him also look very pathetic. Their costumes and unreal weapons make them look like little children who act in a school play and expect a candy from their parents in the end. Here, it is important to mention the “trying to be sinister” Dynamo who is dressed with dozens of luminous bulbs, just like a Christmas tree.
In general, Arnie easily kills all stalkers and a smart line follows every killing to underline his supremacy.
And how the heck it is possible to be in 1987 and to consider that in 2017 the cassettes will still be the main way of listening to music?
The movie is full of dumb humor and sometimes, absurd lines, like the celebrated “I will be back”. Arnold’s acting is hilarious and wooden and the director pays homage to the feet fetish, showing Maria Conchita Alonso’s beautiful legs in a pantyhose. So, enjoy! There is something for everybody.
With a budget of 27 000 000 $ “The Running Man” is for sure worth watching, especially if you are a diehard Arnold fan and a Stephen King admirer.
Oh, and beware that you will probably feel the burning desire to go to the gym to pump your muscles.
Please leave me a comment how pumped you are.