The Running Man - with sweets
By Dean Cook
, 14 Nov 2003
This often masquerades as a 'children's' film. Make no mistake the themes are dark and adult. Basically, an industrial espionage scheme is cleverly disguised as a children's competition, the prize being a tour of the famous Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory. Inside the slave labour driven factory we are treated to an unimaginable spectacle of beauty and madness. We are then subjected to a series of child murders/mutilations that are as brutal as they are deserved, as the 'winners' run Wonka's psychedelic gauntlet of killer confectionary.
No review of CATCF would be complete without an account of the scene in the tunnel. This is truly one of the most terrifying moments in modern film history. Wonka?s victims are trapped with him on a boat in a tunnel. The scene has a sinister rhythm punctuated by a monologue nonchalantly delivered by Wonka predicting impending doom. A real sense of claustrophobia, disorientation and loss of control is masterfully achieved. This combined with the horrific, intrusive visuals really thrusts the viewer into the heart of Wonka?s madness. DO NOT WATCH THIS SCENE ALONE.
The madness, awe, beauty, and danger are sustained right up to the joyous climax as Roald Dahl?s macabre genius is wonderfully transformed onto the screen.
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