Run Hide Fight movie review - Aussieboyreviews
HOW VIOLENT OF A VIRAL-SCHOOL-SHOOTING THRILLER IS RUN HIDE FIGHT?
This intense school-shooting thriller is live-streamed, exciting and packed with vengeful action. Featuring a very intelligent lead, Run Hide Fight keeps you on the edge of your seat and is surprisingly substantial.
When a group of school shooters who hold the students hostage and livestream the events, 17-year-old Zoe uses her intelligence and survival skills to protect her classmates and keep herself alive.
Director: Kyle Rankin
Cast: Isabel May, Eli Brown, Olly Sholotan, Radha Mitchell, Thomas Jane, Treat Williams, Cyrus Arnold, Cindy Vela, Britton Sear
Writer: Kyle Rankin
Release Date (Australia): 5 May 2021
Runtime: 109 minutes/1h 49m
Genre: Thriller, Action, Drama
Language: English, Spanish
CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)
The film’s themes centre on a school shooting and sustained threat as students are held hostage by the shooters.
The film contains depictions of bloody sprays and spatters as a result of shooting murders. There are also depictions of injury detail.
The film features often aggressive use of the word “f**k” and uses of “**shole”, “s**t” and “bitch”.
There is a scene in which a breast-nude woman is briefly viewed.
The film includes verbal sexual references, including sexualised use of the word “f**k”.
NR (Not Rated)
Aussie boy's thoughts
The way Run Hide Fight puts a skilled high-school lead up against a group of live-streaming school shooters is constantly entertaining, surprisingly shocking and ruthlessly riveting. It proves low-budget movies ranging from or uniting the action, thriller, crime and drama genres can do just as good of a job as the normal action movies in cinemas today; it honestly doesn’t feel much different.
The best thing about this movie is the intensity provided by the unique group of shooters who are actually students of the school and the major excitement coming from the intelligence and persistence of 17-year-old Zoe, the intelligent lead played by Isabel May. She’s excellently-written and we just don’t really see protagonists as smart as she is in movies these days, but her performance and the acting of the students who simply just appear in the background for just a few seconds are equally as talented, portraying convincing indications of fear and distress.
Writer-director Kyle Rankin also effectively avoids pairing the strong protagonist with a completely disappointing antagonist for the story, clearly a scary group of shooters who all seem to have big backstories, and there’s more than just one of them. The group of shooters, and the credit goes to Kyle Rankin again for this, are designed and executed expertly. They obviously commit murders, but surprisingly force the students they hold hostage to complete tasks like live-streaming the event and they make big points instead of just immediately killing everyone.
The writing and the character design also adds up to making this vengeful thriller a perfect fit for anyone new to the exact genre of this film. This movie has solid action, and the camera follows characters and records some very intense shots between the good guys and the bad guys, instead of just being all jolty everywhere and taking too many cuts. It’s violent, the sense of threat is extremely exciting and this underrated film deserves more attention.
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