Hulu has had some great films come out this year including one of my favorites, ‘Palm Springs,’ and they knocked it out of the park again with 2020’s Run.
I didn’t expect much of ’Run’ since the synopsis seemed to be like a Lifetime Film but with a bigger budget. Once I read who was involved including the always-amazing Sarah Paulson (“American Horror Story Series”, “Ocean’s 8”) and Director Aneesh Chaganty (“Searching”), I was more than upbeat about what I was getting into.
Paulson stars as Diane Sherman, who seems to be an ideal mother and caretaker to her wheelchair bound daughter Chloe (Kiera Allen, in her film debut). Chloe loves her mom and always knows Diane will be there for her no matter what. When she notices something new about her medication though, Chloe begins to see Diane for who she really is and it’s definitely not Mom of the Year.
Let’s just get this out of the way now, Paulson puts on one of the best performances of 2020 with her emotional and unpredictable Diane. Paulson creates tension in every scene she’s in and her expressions alone made you think twice about doing anything wrong by her. I hope this helps her headline more films because she’s usually the highlight of every film or tv show is in.
Allen held her own against the veteran actress and played the perfect mouse to Paulson’s cat. She was extremely believable when she could easily have hammed it up. Allen is really wheelchair bound so it brought more believability to the character rather than someone pretending to be disabled.
Chaganty reteamed with fellow writer Sev Ohanian after writing ‘Searching’ together and brought the mystery with them yet again. They have a way of building suspense that isn’t seen in too many horror films nowadays, and I thank them for that. They hold their cards close to the chest and don’t show their hand until the very end.
Some of the things that Diane gets away with didn’t really make sense, but because the film flows so quickly you don’t really get a chance to think about it until it’s over. The ride doesn’t stop to make sure you’re paying attention to the details, it keeps moving to the end destination no matter what.
I wish I was able to see this in theaters as it would have been fun with a giant crowd jumping at all the scares. I’m missing the theater experience and ‘Run’ reinforces that theaters need to be around forever. We all deserve to see Paulson on the big screen and that shouldn’t be argued.