0095: The Running Man

0095: The Running Man

It’s the start of nostalgia season! This week Alex plucks a film from his childhood to see if it still holds up, and predictably Arnold Schwarzenegger is involved. In 1987’s The Running Man 2019 is a totalitarian hellscape where TV controls the world and the masses are oppressed by a minority, getting their kicks watching innocents throw themselves into a violent nightmare for a chance at redemption. Its only marginally less depressing than the real 2019 etc.

Next week we visit Sam’s childhood by finally getting to watch The Transformers: The Movie. Watch a trailer here!

0095: The Running Man

It’s the start of nostalgia season! This week Alex plucks a film from his childhood to see if it still holds up, and predictably Arnold Schwarzenegger is involved. In 1987’s The Running Man 2019 is a totalitarian hellscape where TV controls the world and the masses are oppressed by a minority, getting their kicks watching innocents throw themselves into a violent nightmare for a chance at redemption.

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One Reply to “0095: The Running Man”

  1. Once again, Alex seems to have a better grasp at this then you two! 😛 The Running Man is a classic, for starters it’s an 80’s Arnie film and that alone qualifies it to the top 70! Plus kudos for being eerily prophetic, sure it isn’t bang on the money but in a World where fake news stories are used to manipulate public opinion. Dissent is no longer tolerated and all your communications are monitored; the economy is not functioning and reality TV is used to distract you from harsher realities…just like the real 2018! Even the TV’s were scarily accurate. 40-50 inch flat screen TV’s in the living room, proper ratio and everything. That might not sound exciting, but you have to remember this film was created when everyone had big square CRT’s and everyone assumed that they would just get bigger and bigger. But in this they have got it exactly right and the TV’s look just like the TV’s we use today. It deffo makes for one of the more accurate futures, I mean, look at Back to the Future 2 to see how differently they saw things and you’ll see what I mean.

    Richard Dawson did a fantastic job, too.Plus the film did the Hunger Games thing decades before that and I’d much rather watch this than Hunger Games, or ‘Them’ for that matter, so I think 63rd would of been a better spot for it.

    Yes it’s stupid, but most action films from the 80’s were stupid and that’s why we love the 80’s isn’t it? This film is quint essential 80’s and who doesn’t love that?Sex pests, that’s who!

    DISCLAIMER: I do not think the opinions of the podcasters are wrong, nor do I think mine is correct. This is just my opinion, feedback from a fan…so Chris can’t tell me to fuck off and make my own podcast! Love you all, you do a great job and I genuinely look forward to a new podcast each week!

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