Freerunner is a fine example of a film that is really bad on the surface, but extremely entertaining, due to it’s campy execution, insane action and ridiculous story. Freerunner follows Ryan (Sean Farris) as a participant in this new urban sport, that uses surroundings and the urban environment by leaping, running and climbing to get to a goal. The game is run by Reese (Tamer Hassan) and uses the group of free runners and posts a live feed on the internet, in order for people to watch online and bet on who will win the race. Things turn deadly when Ryan and the other participants find themselves knocked out and being used in a different kind of sport. Mr. Frank (Danny Dyer) has paid off Reese to change the rules and makes it a survival game in the city, with millionaires now playing for bigger stakes. Now, all of the free runners find themselves racing against the clock in order to win a million dollars or risk their heads being blown off by the new exploding collars around their necks.
The film at least has some decent set-up and an actual set of stakes with Ryan trying to get out of the city with his girlfriend, Chelsea (Rebecca De Costa) and getting his grandfather (Seymour Cassel) out of the hospital. Once the film enters its second portion of the game, it turns into a poor man’s version of Kinji Fukusaku’s Battle Royale. There are funny elements throughout the film which include, the ridiculous gore, the funny talking heads of the millionaire gamblers and logic that goes right out the window. While most people would see these elements as bad and dismiss the film, but Freerunner as a bit of entertainment was always fun and was a blast for 90 minutes.
The video on the Blu-Ray of Freerunner sports a 1080p transfer with a 2.35:1 aspect ratio. The film was shot on 35mm and sports a bit of grain on many portions of the film. This helps the urban gritty atmosphere of the film and gives it a bit of character. The style of Freerunner lends itself to the more extreme 90’s style of quick cutting and extreme angles to give it the edge to portray the source material.
Freerunner’s audio track on the Blu-Ray is a DTS-HD 5.1 track. The entire mix of the film is a bit all over the place. The beginning of the film is solid and has good use of all of the channels. The surround channels are used very well during the action sequences in the later half of the film. The portion that is really odd is the music in the mix in the last half hour of the film was really low. The sound effects and the dialog were much more prevalent than the music.
Overall, Freerunner is an exercise in mindless fun and a good time with some campy material. There’s some decent acting, great action and absurd story. While Freerunner might be looked down upon for it’s poor attempt to cash in on a new extreme sport, it excels at being a fun campy film. If you’re looking for a good film to throw on with a few buddies around and have a great time, Freerunner is another add on to cult classic status.