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Top 20 favourite movies of all time (#17)

#17: The Running Man

I grew up watching Arnold Schwarzenegger and many of his action movies.  The Terminator, Commando, Kindergarten Cop, Total Recall, True Lies, and yeah, even Batman & Robin.  Thinking about all the ones that I’ve seen over the years, The Running Man is the one I seem to go back to the most, it sticks out as one of those Arnold movies I can get around to watching every time it comes on.

It’s also kind of prophetic in a way with the setting of the movie where a police state runs the country and television is the moral absolute for everyone, dominating the airwaves with lies and deceit and they’ll distort the truth however they see fit, and an underground resistance is the only thing that can stop them.

What also works with this movie are the many one-liners Arnold delivers before and after he kills the “stalkers” in the movie that still ring funny and don’t seem outdated because you’re introduced to this alternate future where we’ve let television become the be all and end all of us as a species.

For an Arnold flick, his reactions are pretty decent and he’ll stick up for his friends when he needs to and how he’s treated by the military, the government and the Running Man game show host evokes enough pathos that we want to see him overcome adversity.

The woman in the movie I found doesn’t really come across as annoying like most of what you’d expect from a female secondary character and she shows resilience and resourcefulness when it mattered the most and doesn’t convey that damsel in distress character archetype all that often.  When you’ve got burly strong ‘roid-raging men as your gladiators of choice with all sorts of weapons and gadgets at their disposal, there’s not a whole lot you can do to survive…unless you’re Arnold, of course :p.

While I consider Total Recall my other favourite Arnold movie, The Running Man is the one I give a bigger nod to and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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