Run (2020)

dir. Aneesh Chaganty

It’s about Munchausen’s. That’s not even a spoiler – or it shouldn’t be, because Diane’s (Sarah Paulson) systematic abuse of her chronically ill daughter Chloe (Kiera Allen) is obvious about four minutes into the movie. Yet Run draws this out for an incredibly long time. It starts getting baffling pretty quickly, from implausible phone conversations to spontaneous shootings, but nothing of substance truly happens. Run has a habit of setting up a potential point of intrigue and then defusing it almost immediately (for example, Chloe is locked in her room and then breaks out straightaway), so nothing is allowed to simmer or build. Kiera Allen puts in a genuinely good performance, but she’s not enough to salvage the idiotic plot, which culminates in a twist so boring and irrelevant that it might as well not be in the film at all. Run is worth staying far away from.

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