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Running Time was filmed in black and white, in real time, and seemingly takes place in one continuous, fluid shot. It's a little like Hitchcock's "Rope," but it's on location! Carl, an ex-con who sets out to rob the prison laundry system where he worked for 5 years (while in the pen), has spent ten years in prison planning the ultimate heist. Upon his release, he meets up with a high school buddy, who's made all the arrangements for the job, and rented him a hooker for his first encounter in a decade with a real girl. After picking up the safecracker and their getaway driver, they've got twenty minutes to pull off the perfect heist...but soon everything falls apart before Carl's eyes. He might still get the girl, though! Written by
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Robbery gone wrong occasions high school memories, recriminations and romance
"Running Time" (1997) is a crime-comedy-romance neo-noir. Overall, it's easy to take, fun to watch, engaging, and very different from the usual film. It's influenced perhaps by Jim Jarmusch's style.
The film has terrific IMMEDIACY. This is connected to its long takes, without cutting and editing in the typical way. In fact, the film could be one long take; it's hard to tell. It's connected to the use of the steadicam. But it's also because the camera follows its subjects for significant periods of time, moving around them so cleverly. And all of it is on location and that adds to it.
The story appears to be realistic but it's really not. A trio of robbers would not wear a useless face mask, call each other by name in front of witnesses, and strew clue after clue. A robber wouldn't be able to elude police as easily as these do. Two robbers who were boyhood pals and sports players wouldn't have a lengthy (actually too lengthy) argument while conducting a robbery. Do we owe all this to Tarentino? It's really comedy done with a straight face, farce and parody. This is not a criticism. This kind of story works.
The story is told almost entirely from the point of view of the robbers, especially the lead one, Bruce Campbell. The movie also has a nice romantic angle that's touching due to the presence of Anita Barone.
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