History YMMV / TheRunningMan

11th Mar '17 9:25:10 PM valhallaerikson
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** It can be looked at as a RatedMForManly version of TheHungerGames. Both of them are a satire on reality tv shows and how they exploit it's contestants for the sake of entertainment and ratings.
22nd Jan '17 9:09:35 AM Nuxx
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* EsotericHappyEnding: Ben Richards has to endure much but eventually emerges with a personal victory. Killian's ruse has been undone, his name cleared on national TV and he got the girl. However it will take far more than that to solve the economic and social problems still plaguing America. This is lampshaded as the masses watching rejoice for his win but one viewer simply turns to his colleague afterwards and asks "What else is on?"

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* EsotericHappyEnding: Ben Richards has to endure much but eventually emerges with a personal victory. Killian's ruse has been undone, his name cleared on national TV and he got the girl. However it will take far more than that to solve the economic and social problems still plaguing America. This is lampshaded in the closing moments as the masses watching masses rejoice for at his win but one viewer simply turns to his colleague afterwards and asks "What else is on?"



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* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: The movie may have been an escapist action flick starring The Governator, but it (in its own way) taught about the negative aspects of completely turning off your brain in favor of pure, violent escapism, how soul-destroying humanity's bloodlust can be, and the need to question the version of reality that TV presnts. It also teaches about the value of tenacity and standing up for yourself. As well as to not believe everything you see on TV.

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* NarmCharm: ''The Running Man'' has an inherent 80's action movie charm, [[InvokedTrope deliberately]] over-the-top villains in the Stalkers and of course Arnie. The latter also happens to be be armed with an entire arsenal of glorious one-liners. However the film does actually have more depth beyond the surface level thrills.
* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: The movie may have been an escapist action flick starring The Governator, but it (in its own way) taught about the negative aspects of completely turning off your brain in favor of pure, violent escapism, how soul-destroying humanity's bloodlust can be, and the need to question the version of reality that TV presnts.presents. It also teaches about the value of tenacity and standing up for yourself. As well as to not believe everything you see on TV.
22nd Jan '17 8:52:43 AM Nuxx
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* EsotericHappyEnding: Yeah, Killian's ruse has been undone, Richards' name has been cleared on national TV, and he got the girl, but it takes more than that to solve the economic and social problems still taking place in America.

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* EsotericHappyEnding: Yeah, Ben Richards has to endure much but eventually emerges with a personal victory. Killian's ruse has been undone, Richards' his name has been cleared on national TV, TV and he got the girl, but girl. However it takes will take far more than that to solve the economic and social problems still taking place in plaguing America. This is lampshaded as the masses watching rejoice for his win but one viewer simply turns to his colleague afterwards and asks "What else is on?"
2nd Jan '17 9:23:29 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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** The fistfight between leotard-wearing Creator/JesseVentura and Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger is much funnier, knowing that they have each since become U.S. Governors.

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** The fistfight between leotard-wearing Creator/JesseVentura Wrestling/JesseVentura and Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger is much funnier, knowing that they have each since become U.S. Governors.
27th Dec '16 3:27:28 AM CumbersomeTercel
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** Killian has a video broadcast of Captain Freedom fighting and killing what appears to the in-universe audience to be Richards and Amber - it's actually stunt doubles with the two characters' faces digitally superimposed over the doubles. A radical notion in a late 1980s film, but common practice by film effects artists today. Even a few years after ''The Running Man'' was released, the effects team for ''Jurassic Park'' would use the same technique to cover up a stunt double's face.
** The fistfight between leotard-wearing Jesse Ventura and Arnold Schwarzenegger is much funnier, knowing that they have each since become U.S. Governors.

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** Killian has a video broadcast of Captain Freedom fighting and killing what appears to the in-universe audience to be Richards and Amber - it's actually stunt doubles with the two characters' faces digitally superimposed over the doubles. A radical notion in a late 1980s film, but common practice by film effects artists today. Even a few years after ''The Running Man'' was released, the effects team for ''Jurassic Park'' ''Film/JurassicPark'' would use the same technique to cover up a stunt double's face.
** The fistfight between leotard-wearing Jesse Ventura Creator/JesseVentura and Arnold Schwarzenegger Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger is much funnier, knowing that they have each since become U.S. Governors.
4th Nov '16 8:07:19 PM BatmanKalEl
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4th Nov '16 8:06:16 PM BatmanKalEl
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* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: '''CLAP IF YOU LOVE ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cy8rT8oHCbI DYNAMO!!!]]'''''


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* EarWorm: '''CLAP IF YOU LOVE ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cy8rT8oHCbI DYNAMO!!!]]'''''
3rd Oct '16 2:36:24 PM ACW
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* CompleteMonster: [[NonActionBigBad Damon Killian]], [[SmarmyHost host]] of ''[[DeadlyGame The Running Man]]'' and head of the network in the dystopian future, runs a TV network where shows are aired that feature innocent people climbing ropes for dollars while vicious dogs lurk below; most of them fall. The star attraction, though, is ''[[BloodSport The Running Man]]'', where supposed criminals are released into a labyrinth to be hunted down by the vicious Stalkers and murdered. Blackmailing hero Ben Richards into playing the game, Damon then forces his friends to play despite his promises otherwise, and when a young woman digs into Richards's past, Killian manufactures a criminal history for her and throws her into the game as well. Even winning the game is no guarantee of safety, as the winners are disposed of while Killian lies about their survival. Smug, sociopathic and indifferent to human suffering, Killian defends himself by claiming that people just love television and as a TV star, he is giving them the violence they crave, no matter how many lives are ruined or ended.
1st Oct '16 2:08:42 PM Morgenthaler
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* Dueling Movies: Not so much at the time, but in retrospect with Robocop. Both movies:
** Were released in 1987, take place twenty minutes in the future, and are set in a dystopic society where an elite few live in luxury while the masses live around them in squalor. Possibly intentional but both could be seen as satire of Reagan's America.
** Despite their future setting the hairstyles, fashions, music, and other things are so 80's it's painful.
** Are ultraviolent movies with an undertone that violence as a form of entertainment is bad.
** Feature two villains who (at the time) were playing against type. Richard Dawson and Jim Brown in Running Man and Ronny Cox and Kurtwood Smith in Robocop.
2nd Aug '16 9:39:22 AM teachzebra
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* Dueling Movies: Not so much at the time, but in retrospect with Robocop. Both movies:
** Were released in 1987, take place twenty minutes in the future, and are set in a dystopic society where an elite few live in luxury while the masses live around them in squalor. Possibly intentional but both could be seen as satire of Reagan's America.
** Despite their future setting the hairstyles, fashions, music, and other things are so 80's it's painful.
** Are ultraviolent movies with an undertone that violence as a form of entertainment is bad.
** Feature two villains who (at the time) were playing against type. Richard Dawson and Jim Brown in Running Man and Ronny Cox and Kurtwood Smith in Robocop.
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