Freerunner – 2011

2.5 Stars

Synopsis: With a ticking bomb locked to his neck, a young freerunner races against the clock and all types of baddies to get from one end of the city to the other to save himself and his girlfriend.

Sean Faris … Ryan
Danny Dyer … Mr. Frank
Tamer Hassan … Reese
Amanda Fuller … Dalores
Seymour Cassel … Grampa
Mariah Bonner … Deedee
Casey Durkin … Stacey
Phillip DeVona … Wall Street
Jason Botsford … Cyber Cafe & Bistro Customer
Ryan Doyle … Finch
Rebecca Da Costa … Chelsea
Curtis Taylor … American Bussinessman
Warren Ostergard … Morris
John Bernecker … Decks
Joe Zamora … Miles
Joe Williams … Turk
Faradj Vaziri … The saudi bizman
Ace Underhill … Officer Underhill

Director: Lawrence Silverstein
Writer: Matthew Chadwick, Raimund Huber & Jeremy Sklar
Original Music: Jerry Deaton & Peter DiStefano
Cinematographer: Claudio Chea
Editor: Marc Jakubowicz

Filming Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Rated R for some bloody violence, language and sexuality/nudity
90 minutes


Free running, have you heard of it?  I never had.  But then again, I don’t think Richmond would be that into free running.  FREERUNNERS takes place in Cleveland, Ohio.  Now, you may be thinking – why not the big city.  Well, Ohio is currently offering tax credits for movies filmed in the lovely state.  So that’s why.  Check out this video…



From the looks of the video, you may be wondering how this hasn’t been the subject of a movie already.  But maybe you’re wise enough to think to yourself, “this could never be turned into a full length movie.”  Oh but it was.

Ryan, played by Sean Faris, works as a janitor at the hospital his grandfather stays at – but he really just free runs.  He races 5 or 6 or however many guys around the city…basically playing capture the flag.  Cameras are set up all around the city and each runner has a camera attached to a bluetooth-looking device.  It’s all streamed live and people place bets.  It’s all fun and games until a business tycoon ambushes the runners in a warehouse and attaches a bomb collars to all of them.  They have 60 minutes to reach 3 checkpoints.  The person who wins get to live.  Billionaires (I’m assuming) are watching and placing million dollar bets along the way…OK it’s a little more complicated than that but you get the point.

The bottom line: the script is cheesy – but there are some pretty cool stunts.  Sean Faris takes a step back with this one but he’s still OK.  Danny Dyer plays the business tycoon – and his British accent makes the movie just that much more cheesy.  I really really thought this was the guy from NCIS.  Watching it, I was thinking to myself – any episodes of NCIS that I ever watch in the future are definitely not going to be the same.  But it’s not him – but it was funner (or is it more fun), thinking it was that guy.

Overall Recommendation: I was entertained but ready for it to be over at the same time (is that even possible?)  Don’t add this one to your watchlist by any means – but watch it by chance one day.

The Verdict: ughh…movie.


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Oh please…give me a break…everything always works out in the end



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