The Runaways (2010)

Genre(s): Biographical / Drama / Music
Sony || R - 107 minutes - $27.98 || July 20, 2010
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2010-07-24


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Floria Sigismondi
Writer(s): Cherie Currie (book); Floria Sigismondi (screenplay)
Cast: Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning, Michael Shannon, Scout Taylor-Compton


Theatrical Release Date: March 19, 2010


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • 2 Featurettes


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.35)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, English SDH

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.::THE FILM::.

The Runaways opens up to one of the most disgusting scenes Iíve ever seen in a film to this date. Trust me; I nearly threw up at what occurred on the screen. No, Kristen Stewartís face didnít have a close-up, ZING! I recommend fast-forwarding through the first two minutes to avoid it; otherwise you may wind-up with a trip to the bathroom. Moving on, the movie is awful.

This movie chronicles the story of the breaking into the music industry of two famous artists: Joan Jett (Kristen Stewart) and Cherie Currie (Dakota Fanning). Iíve honestly never heard of either of these two artists, the songs they sing, or anything to do with them, and I worked in radio for six years. Iím also unaware of who this ďDavid BowieĒ person is thatís mentioned throughout the film, so if anyone knows feel free to leave me a message. Moving on, Jett and Currie are two teenagers who live a dangerous life. Jett is a drug user who lives day by day on the streets, taking drugs, and trying to make it big playing guitar despite the fact she has no real knowledge of how to play the instrument.

On the other hand, Currie is a sixteen-year-old high school student who idolizes Bowie and wants to have a singing career. The problem is that she lip-synchs her performance and itís quite obvious she doesnít know how to properly sing, but that doesnít bother her. Jett meets with Kim Fowley (Michael Shannon) one night at a club and the two click. Fowley offers Jett a chance to lead an all-girl band thatís going to revolutionize the world one day and she gladly accepts. Jett realizes they need a singer and after meeting Currie the night before, they meet up once again by chance and the two hit it off and become friends. Currie and Jett, along with others, form The Runaways and begin their progress to music stardom.

Iím not a fan of music movies, although a few of them are decent, but this one takes the cake at being incredibly boring and trying way too hard. What do I mean by ďtrying too hard?Ē Well, Fanning isnít that great of an actress. I didnít believe she was Currie at all, and Stewartís horrible facial expressions the entire movie didnít help much. They both provided a state of pure boredom the entire flick, and the only redeeming effect was Fowley who portrayed the incredibly creepy music exec role really well.

Hereís the problem with this movie: thereís no entertainment value here. There are no jokes, no funny moments, and nothing to keep the avid viewer entertained during the incredibly lengthy runtime. This movie is strictly for those wanting to learn more about The Runaways seen in the movie and thatís it. The movie could have been more entertaining but instead it focuses on being too serious at times and then the slow pacing affects the film a little bit too much. Plus, the horrible acting of Fanning and Stewart doesnít help the situation of the movie either.

Stewart is set for life off of the vampire franchise sheís in, and she should be glad. Sheís become a one-trick pony, similar to everyone else from those flicks.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Commentary by Joan Jett, Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning: Stewart is by far the most unentertaining person on the planet. This track sheís as dull as possible, and when she tries to be funny she fails miserably. Fanning and Jett on the other hand are insightful and decent but they canít save this track in the long run. There is a bad amount of dead time between the cast talking about the movie, which is disappointing.

Plugged In (16 minutes): Yawn, this is nearly as boring as the commentary itself. The cast and crew talk about some scenes of the movie, show how they were shot, and other boring things that involved this flick. I got bored a few minutes in, so odds are unless you found this to be a riveting movie you can pass.

The Runaways (2 minutes): No clue why this is an extra, as it being two minutes long just creates a wonder as to why this is even there.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

The movie is set in the 1970s and as such the movie isnít intended to look spectacular, and boy it sure doesnít to any extent. Colors appear dilapidated and provide a little bit of an eyesore when viewing the film if you had high expectations like I did going into the flick. Brightness levels are decent throughout the film though, and I donít recall noticing any sort of artifact or contrast problems. The colors though really are the main problem for me and even though I understand that the movie is intended to look like this, the colors should be a little more vibrant and provide a better experience for the viewers. Flesh tones looked improper as well, which is disappointing to note.

The Dolby Digital 5.1 track that comes with the film doesnít provide a great ďmusicĒ experience, although I must say that the track sounds better than the music itself does in the movie. During the few concert scenes and singing ones, the audio levels are appropriate and I found nothing to be wrong with them. However, the problem I have with this track is that the levels are somewhat out of place during dialogue scenes. For example, the depth of the audio track during the trailer park practice scene sounded too distant, and I didnít recall my rears going off more than a few times. This isnít a bad track, just merely an average one.



.::OVERALL::.

The Runaways tanked at theaters and now I see why: the movie is boring. Iíve seen documentaries about people that are entertaining flicks, but here all we get is Stewart trying to act and Fanning trying too hard. Sorry, but Stewart is seriously a one-movie girl and FanningÖwhatís she done again? This is a flick to run the heck away from.