Jong Woo went to prison four times for petty crimes likes burglary and car theft, but he now works as an auto mechanic. He has a 17-year-old son named Gi Hyuk, which he raises by himself. Although, Jong Woo might appear like an irresponsible father, he tries his best and even works at night as a private taxi service.
One evening, Jong Woo drops off a couple at a ritzy hotel. Suddenly, another man hops into Jong Woo's car and tells him to drive off. The man asks Jong Woo to drive him to a delivery company.
Jong Woo walks into the delivery company and notices the man mailing off a small electronic device. The man then comes up to Jong Woo and offers him $1,000 if he will drive him to an apartment and then to the airport.
Once they get into the parking garage of the apartment complex, Jong Woo's life is about to turn completely upside down. He runs out of the garage on foot and becomes the prime suspect in a murder case. Add Synopsis In Spanish
Cast & Credits
Something refreshing about this latest entry into the action genre must be its noticeable lack of shoot outs and martial arts. Our hero is no "Superman," lacking in most offensive skills; while his talents in escape are second to none, the limits of his body still check him. Jumping through glass storefronts is impossible for him, as is walking away unscathed from falls and hits. The damage steadily accumulates as the movie goes on.
Despite few surprises or shocking developments in the conflict, we're gifted with something unlooked for: a touching father-son relationship. This provides much welcome character development, adding another layer to the entire experience. Genuine humor also colors the script, with several laugh-out-loud moments strewn throughout.
Shin Ha Kyun slips right into the role of Cha Jong Woo, adopting his immature and crude persona seamlessly. Even his physical frame suits the character, as a former con-artist with a need for lithe and smooth movement. On another note (one that speaks to his dedication as an actor), Shin suffered rib fractures which he worked through for some time -- even continuing to do stunts. In the role of his son, we have Lee Min Ho. His Cha Gi Hyuk often served as straight man to slapstick or the foil to the flawed parent he must tolerate. Both of them took on more emotional scenes as well, performing believably apart and brilliantly together.
Fans of Special Affairs Team Ten (and its sequel) will instantly recognize Kim Sang Ho, still portraying a cop. His character seems tailor made for comedy as were his scenes; when paired with the actor playing Chief of Police, they were golden.
Many action films adopt simple soundtracks and Running Man continues the trend. At times, one might only hear natural sounds paired with silence; at others, suitable themes for mystery and brisk action. There are no songs here to add to playlists, but nothing to detract from enjoyment of the film either.