The Runner (I) (2015)

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In the aftermath of the 2010 BP oil spill, an idealistic but flawed politician is forced to confront his dysfunctional life after his career is destroyed in a sex scandal.




  • Nicolas Cage in The Runner (2015)
  • Nicolas Cage in The Runner (2015)
  • Nicolas Cage in The Runner (2015)
  • Nicolas Cage at an event for The Runner (2015)
  • Sarah Paulson in The Runner (2015)
  • Nicolas Cage in The Runner (2015)

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14 February 2019 | lnvicta
| An almost engaging character study brought down by stock writing and uninspired direction.
In The Runner, Nicolas Cage plays a Louisiana politician who has to deal with a sex scandal and other personal issues. His performance is appropriately subdued and introspective; he also uses a Southern accent fairly convincingly. This is as close to watching Cage play Frank Underwood as we will ever get. The supporting cast is good too.

The problems lie in the production value. It looks cheap, the supporting characters are underwritten, and the direction is just baffling. There are so many unnecessary closeups, shot after shot, and it's all flat - no visual flair whatsoever. It doesn't help that the pacing is sluggish, so there's no way for the movie to gather momentum. It starts off running in quicksand and never gets out. There are brief moments where you care about the characters and that's solely because of the actors.

It could have been an engaging character study if there was a liveliness to the filmmaking and some semblance of pace. As far as Nic Cage performances, this is definitely one of his better recent ones. But it's not worth sitting through this slog of a movie.

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