2020 | PG-13 | starring Kiera Allen, Sarah Paulson | directed by Aneesha Chaganty | 1 hr 30 mins |
17 year old Chloe (Kiera Allen) has been in a wheelchair, homeschooled by her mother Diane (Sarah Paulson) all of her life, but with the prospect of being accepted to college and leaving the next just around the corner, conflict and suspicion starts to grow between the two resulting in a battle between the daughter and caretaker who doesn’t want her to leave.
Run is a nimble, effective little chamber thriller with a small cast and small scope that hits the notes just right. It gets in, gets out and is fun along the way with excellent performances from Paulson and newcomer Kiera Allen (a dead-ringer for young Jodie Comer). Director Aneesha Chaganty found budget box office success with Searching, a cyber found footage thriller that works as well as a movie boxed inside those constraints can, and crafts a similar, but more cinematic thriller here, cleverly mining the premise and the environment for thrills. A sequence where Chloe escapes her locked room by crawling across the house roof is one of the better little suspense set pieces in recent memory.
And with that we’ve bumped up against all we can say about Run. A film of maximum efficiency that’s roll out of surprises is not earthshaking but still best left to be discovered. It has just what it needs and nothing it doesn’t. A tight, well made thriller and a showcase of 2 fine performances. Well done.