If you’ve been reading my blog since March, you know that I jumped on the Hunger Games bandwagon. I was convinced to read the books and instantly fell in love with them – not only did they keep me entertained for hours, but I was blown away by the unique concept…or so I thought. Imagine my surprise when I found out that The Hunger Games isn’t as unique as I originally believed. Last night, Brandon suggested we watch Arnold Schwarzenegger classic The Running Man. If you are anything like me, you’ve probably never heard of it, so let me give you a quick synopsis:
The Running Man takes place in the year 2019, where the world is in shambles and ruled by a shady government. As a way to keep citizens in control, the government created The Running Man – a game show that forces convicted criminals to enter an arena and fight for their lives. Each criminal is given 3 hours to make their way through the arena without getting caught (and killed) by the “stalkers”. Citizens of the country love it and regularly bet on which “stalker” will be chosen to track the criminal in the arena, but if the criminal makes it through the arena, they receive a pardon for their crimes. For the most part, criminals accept their fate in The Running Man, but when government official Ben Richards (played by Arnold) is sent to jail for a crime he didn’t commit and then forced to compete in The Running Man, he decides to beat the game makers at their own creation.
When Brandon told me about it, I realized that the premise of this movie sounded a lot like the premise of the Hunger Games. And the further into the movie we got, the more similarities I began to notice between the two. Now don’t get me wrong, I still love The Hunger Games, but now I have a new found love for The Running Man – I always love a good 80’s movie and anything with Arnold Schwarzenegger is obvious gold. If you haven’t seen the movie, I definitely recommend it. The graphics are a bit old school (it was produced in 1987, what do you expect?!), but it makes for a great movie night. Here’s the original movie trailer to pique your interest:
Once you’ve watched The Running Man, let me know what you think. What are the biggest similarities in your opinion? More importantly, which movie do you think is better?