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

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7 August 2015 | hagurny
| Important story, excellent cast
I always appreciate films that juxtapose important issues with a fictional human element. The Runner successfully did that, mixing a documentary insight into the BP oil spill's effects while also remaining a character study of a corrupt politician. This film came at the right time – the spill happened 5 years ago, and people have forgotten about the trauma it caused. I hope this film reminds people of the spill's lasting effects. Nicolas Cage is a mesmerizing actor, who has done a ton of crap lately, but here he displayed that he can still act. Similar to Joe, Cage strayed away from his typical madman role, playing a vulnerable and human version of Frank Underwood (House of Cards). There are a few other good character actors in this, especially Peter Fonda. The movie runs on the short side – it's definitely worth a watch.

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