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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Facing your fears, fighting for survival, dealing with grief. But also using vengeance to resolve situations.
Positive Role Models
Zoe is forthright and independent. But she sometimes struggles with interpersonal relationships, including those with her family members and close friends. She also struggles to fit in at school. This is made worse by her not being able to properly process the death of her mother. A small of group of high school students murder their schoolmates. Their leader, Tristan, is particularly remorseless and appears to be a psychopath. He also displays patronizing, sexist attitudes toward Zoe. Both Zoe and Tristan display little sympathy or understanding of those who do not think or act as they do. Strong female representation -- female characters have knowledge of hunting, mechanics, science, and music. Also strong diversity among the cast, including a gender balance and multiple ethnicities represented among the main and supporting characters. The media is portrayed in a bad light, with law enforcement having to bargain with news reporters to give them "better" footage in order to save lives.
Violence & Scariness
A hunting scene sees an animal being shot on-screen. High school students shot and stabbed to death. Graphic violence and bloody injuries shown. Characters wet themselves, vomit because of trauma. Homemade explosive devices detonated, destroying buildings and causing injury and death. Fighting over weapons includes punches, kicks, headbutts. Character beaten to the floor with a blunt object. A teacher is forced to remove their top. A character's van is referred to as a "rape-mobile."
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
One character bares their backside as a prank. Brief nudity when a character is forced to remove their top.
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Language used includes "a--hole," "f--k," "f--king," "cooch," "bitch," "s--t," "piss," "freaks," and "goddamn." The homophobic slurs "f--got" and "f-g" are also used. "God" is used as an exclamation.
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Products & Purchases
Cellphones and live streaming on mobile devices are prominent to the story.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters smoke cigarettes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Run Hide Fight is a violent drama about a mass school-shooting. High school student Zoe (Isabel May) fights back against a gang of her peers, led by Tristan (Eli Brown), who wants to secure his own notoriety and immortality by committing mass murder. Violence is frequent, graphic, and bloody, as many characters are murdered in cold blood. Explosions kill and injure people. In an early scene, Zoe is shown shooting dead a deer. The movie does little to try to understand either the victims or the perpetrators. But Zoe does begin to deal with grief she is suppressing after the death of her mother. There is a strong gender balance in terms of roles with not just Zoe but also other female characters shown to be intelligent, pragmatic, and brave. However, Zoe is shown to have a sadistic and vengeful streak, while Tristan is portrayed as being a psychopath. A female teacher is forced to remove her top and bra -- there is a brief glimpse of her breasts. There is also a brief scene where a character exposes their bare backside for comedic effect. Cellphones are a vital part of the plot, as Tristan and his gang live stream their attack. One character is shown smoking cigarettes. Due to the sensitive nature of the movie, families are advised to watch the movie with caution. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The opening hour of this low-budget action thriller is a tense portrayal of how the lives of students and school staff can be terrorized by acts of carefully planned violence. Run Hide Fight doesn't shy away from the violence it depicts. Blood sprays the walls and innocent teens die in each others' arms in between May's Zoe fleeing, then combating, the school shooters. But just as forcefully as the film announces itself, its story begins to unravel into a tedious revenge fantasy.
Zoe's grief for her mother never quite fits its intended purpose of showing us how she processes death. While the movie also wastes the talents of Thomas Jane, who plays Zoe's veteran father, Todd, and Treat Williams, whose cameo as Sheriff Tarsy seems to accidentally include one of the movie's best scenes, when he must distract roving news crews so that some more lives can be saved. Ultimately Run Hide Fight fails to create any memorable heroes, villains, set pieces, or talking points. Amid its confused pronouncements about vengeance and personal responsibility, the worst thing you can say about it is that eventually it's no longer shocking, just boring.
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