In a futuristic world, Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a man wrongly convicted of a massacre, and portrayed as an evil criminal by the dishonest state-run television. He is selected as a contestant for The Running Man - a massively popular TV gameshow, where criminals are given their freedom if they can survive various weapon-wielding 'stalkers'.
While this is a lot of fun, and it is certainly full of action, it hasn't aged particularly well. But personally I enjoyed that aspect. The 80s big-hair, the shoulder-padded power suits, earrings the size of ipads, Harold Faltermeyer music, clunky computer graphics, dancing girls in glittery leotards - all these things really ramped up the kitsch factor. Along with scenes of Arnie beating up baddies to funky disco-synth tunes while dressed up in a skintight gold jumpsuit. And as the film is set in 2017, it seems we have all this to look forward to in a couple of years!
The use of red and blue lighting gives the chase scenes a comic-book feel, and overall I liked the look of the film and the visuals. The directing (by Paul Michael Glaser - yes the one from Starsky & Hutch) is actually quite good, resulting in a fast moving and fun ride that never gets boring. The satire elements are not particularly subtle, but they do still add interest to the film. And as far as the acting goes, the main performances are decent, and Arnie is - well, Arnie. I was expecting to like this movie, but not quite in the way I did! 4/5