5 Movies About Runners That Will Make You Tired Just Watching Them
Running is an activity pretty much everyone can agree on when it's time to get from point A to point B quickly but without the use of an external conveyance such as a car or pogo stick. But some people just like to run-even if they don't have to. Here are 5 movies that are about runners in some way or another, sure to cure you of your Restless Leg Syndrome (note: watching people run on screen is not an effective treatment for RLS).
Dustin Hoffman in "Marathon Man" dreams of one day being a competitive runner. But it turns out he has to run for a very different kind of acclaim: His life. It all goes down after his brother, who works in some kind of capacity as a secret agent, gets a knife to the gut while in the line of duty. Instead of crawling into a gutter to die, he crawls to his brother's apartment, thus embroiling him in an international chase involving gold and an evil Nazi dentist. Bad knees suddenly became the least of his worries.
At first glance (and second, third, and fourth glances), "Shame" is a movie about a man suffering from a crippling sex addiction. But in one of the movie's most memorable set-pieces, Michael Fassbender goes on a very long jog, to escape the tumult his home life has become due to his addiction and the intrusion of his younger sister. In one long, unbroken take, Fassbender runs, and runs, and runs, and it's almost impossible not to feel a little winded before it's over.
If there's one thing that unites every Tom Cruise movie, it's running (well, except Born on the Fourth of July). In "Minority Report," references to Cruise's character's history as a runner are only hinted at. But in action, he proves to be pretty effective at the old quick trot. And in one heartbreaking scene, his missing son's alternate future as an even better runner than his dad is spelled out in a monologue from a character who can see the future. Gotta keep running.
One of the chief appeals of running is that it allows you to clear your head out there when something's bothering you. So when Albert Brooks in "Modern Romance" breaks up with his longtime on-again off-again girlfriend, it makes sense when he decides to take up running as a hobby. And in one of the movie's most hilarious scenes, he meets up with a pushy sales clerk at an athletic store who turns high-pressure sales into an art form. This is the dark side of running culture.
Cinema's most famous runner is probably Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump, who just runs and runs and runs until he hits a coast, at which point he turns around and runs back. Why does he do this? For the same reason Gump does anything-it felt like a good idea at the time. For proof of Forrest's iconic status as a movie runner, just try and stifle the urge to shout "run, Forrest, run!" the next time you see someone running. It's harder than you might think.