Film Reviews

Run (2020) Review: A Well Acted Mid-Tier Thriller

Run is a fun experience that is enjoyable but doesn’t surpass the level of mid tier thriller.

Surely Lionsgate didn’t have any ulterior motives when they decided to release a film about a psychotic mother who mentally tortures her own daughter on mother’s day weekend…Thankfully a global paramedic ruined their plans and as a result Run was relegated to Disney’s Hulu service. 

Run is a film about a mother (Sarah Paulson) who gives birth to a baby girl with numerous health issues. Heart arrhythmia, hemochromatosis, diabetes, and paralysis are just some of the problems that young Chloe (Kiera Allen) has to endure. Fast Forward seventeen years and Chloe is still managing her overwhelming medical issues but that isn’t stopping her from dreaming big and if she can get accepted to the University of Washington, it will all be golden for her…but getting to Washington seems to be a major problem. Chole’s mother doesn’t seem ready to let go of her daughter. So much so that Chloe begins to speculate that her mother is sabotaging her chances to leave home. The more Chloe investigates the matter, the more disturbing the rabbit hole she finds herself in. 

Can you really give someone credit for acting like they are in a wheelchair when they really are in a wheelchair? Because in 2020, the fundamental idea of acting aka pretending to be something offends progressives because actors aren’t allowed to portray characters with traits they do not share in real life. We have fallen so far into progressive dogma in 2020 that even disabled people are considered oppressed by…God or someone the left doesn’t like, who knows. 

Clown world aside, Run is a solid thriller and a well acted one even if the main plot point is telegraphed a mile away. The film is the first major acting role by actress Kiera Allen who plays Chloe. For a film carried about two performances, the acting is the biggest strength of the movie. The dynamic of a menacing mother putting her helpless daughter through hell mixed with the theme of mental illness and dread makes for a good small budget barebones thriller.

The inconsistencies come in the film’s writing and plot holes within the story. In order for the movie’s main twist to work, you have to look past some glaring gaps in logic, especially knowing that Paulson’s character was able to get away with this con for the last seventeen years. The road down this thriller is pretty predictable with some Plot induced stupidity pushing it along the way. If your expectations are putting this film among the best of 2020, you would be best off to lower them.

3/5

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