Director and screenwriter
Nicolas Cage as Colin Price
Sarah Paulson as Kate Haber
Connie Nielsen as Deborah Price
Anyone who was expecting a big bang for a Nicholas Cage comeback was wrong. The Runner, a mediocre Southern political drama that isn’t able to match the actual Deepwater Horizon oil spill tragedy that really forms the backdrop for this film. It was released August 7, 2015 and it hasn’t had too much interest for the theatrical release. Cage must have a really good excuse to do this film, and we hope it was only because he needed a paycheck.
Cage is Colin Pryce, a congressman from Louisiana who represents the second district, which is part of the Gulf Coast and New Orleans. With the April 2010 blowout of a British petroleum oil rig, Pryce manages to hit national recognition with his televised pleas to gain federal assistance in order to protect the coastal ecosystem and to support struggling businesses. His fame plays into the hands of his wife played by Connie Nielsen, an attorney that is seeking oil industry support in order for Pryce to be able to run for U.S. Senate.
His wife’s plan fails when he begins to place a zero-tolerance for expanding oil production, and then he collapsed when someone anonymously released the pictures of a very compromising issue of Pryce and a very married cheerleading coach. A media firestorm happens and then Pryce hits the bottle, after being sober for over 20 years.
His public relation consultant Kate played by Sarah Paulson, who is separated from her husband is on track to help Pryce get himself where he was. Her guidance offers him a chance to remove personal history of his life and start over with this political legacy, but his father Rayne doesn’t give him much support and basically tells him that he will fail. His father is an alcoholic, and had a political career of his own.
Stark has been trying to re-purpose his own background in indie films and this film is a bit of an embarrassment and does not show the way New Orleans really is at all. This movie is set 10 years after Hurricane Katrina and 5 years after the BP oil issues, this screenplay just seems to flop and it doesn’t really tell you much about the political failings of the regional and national politicians that are causing the crises in New Orleans. However, it does tend to rely on the stock situations and familiar plots that could really be improved on with just a bit of creative scripting.