Sarah Paulson and Kiera Allen make heavy appearances in the claustrophobic thriller Run, an exciting and entertaining experience well worth the meager 90 minutes running time.
Allen plays Chloe, a wheelchair teenager who suffers from a variety of other illnesses in addition to leg paralysis, which she keeps under the close scrutiny of her loving but overly protective mother (Paulson). However, when she comes across a dark secret, Chloe must fight to survive.
Anyone who uses a wheelchair in real life is absolutely spectacular Runand presents a complex and believable character who is smart, resourceful, and defiant in a way not normally seen when people with disabilities are portrayed in mainstream films (he was supposed to make a theatrical debut before the pandemic drove him to Hulu). Paulson is great too, of course, but it’s the unknown Allen who delivers emotionally impressive surprises at every turn.
Driven by its outstanding cast of two, Run is an instantly captivating and gripping thriller that keeps the momentum right through to the end. Writer / director Aneesh Chaganty does an excellent job of stacking the story as it develops and laying the foundations for the disturbing puzzle. While the details might be arguable, each scene is well staged, offers a fine level of tension, and then builds on something bigger.
Similar to Chaganty’s earlier endeavors, this is surprisingly effective Searchthe trip is more pleasant than the payoff. While the third act is still entertaining, it doesn’t work quite as well as the rest of the movie. Chaganty gives up the claustrophobic boundaries of the house and, to a certain extent, takes the reins from her protagonist. It’s fine, but the movie would have been better served with a simpler, more believable, and frankly more satisfying ending.
The film would also have benefited if the last scene had been completely deleted.
Despite his stumbling blocks towards the end, Run is a fast-paced, highly entertaining thriller that deserves to be seen. Paulson and especially Allen are amazing, their accomplishments add to the already fascinating material.
Rating by Erik Samdahl, unless otherwise stated.