In what could become a string of Arnold movies that we do in coming months, we take on the dystopian-nightmare in the post-economic collapse world of 2017 to discuss the Stephen King inspired film, the Running Man. The movie is right up our alley as an anti-authoritarian message that shows the propaganda and entertainment that is pushed to maintain control over the masses. Get strapped into your metal-under-the-city-bobsled and journey with us into the arena.
In the year 2019, America is a totalitarian state where the favorite television program is “The Running Man” — a game show in which prisoners must run to freedom to avoid a brutal death. Having been made a scapegoat by the government, an imprisoned Ben Richards (Arnold Schwarzenegger) has the opportunity to make it back to the outside again by being a contestant on the deadly show, although the twisted host, Damon Killian (Richard Dawson), has no intention of letting him escape.
It’s a fun popcorn flick with peak Schwarzenegger and one of the worst villains (on a scale of corny-ness) in cinematic film history:
Chico making his attempted escape:
The ridiculousness of Jesse “the Body” Ventura:
The classic revenge line from Arnold to Killian:
Here is an article reflecting on the technology on display 30 years after the movies was made (and in which it is set at the very beginning):
If you too are inspired by Arnie to start working out again, check out Turbulence Training at: www.ReadRothbard.com/TT
Here is the interview we did with the Battle for Liberty:
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