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Run with the Hunted

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Well-acted but violent, uneven crime drama about runaways.

Movie NR 2020 93 minutes
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Taking inspiration from Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist, this crime drama offers a few powerful moments and strong performances, but it suffers from a general lack of logic and emotional honesty. Run with the Hunted starts well, as Oscar's father, played by William Forsythe, gives him advice about helping others. Then things take a wrong turn as young Oscar decides to take violent action rather than speak to his parents about Loux and Amos' abuse. Moreover, the grown-up Loux and her brother don't seem to have any problem with what Oscar did, seeming to view him as some kind of savior. Wouldn't life be a little more complex?

It's as if the movie dictated that all of its characters have only one single choice, designed to move the plot forward, with no other possible choices available to complicate matters. Just about everything feels slightly disconnected. In transferring Dickens' 1838 novel story to the contemporary screen, writer-director John Swab doesn't seem to have asked how modern times might impact this kind of criminal scheme. Despite fine performances by Forsythe, Perlman, and Mark Boone Junior as the "Fagin" figures and Whitlock Jr. as a private eye, the movie doesn't quite click. Perhaps if Run with the Hunted had captured a genuine sense of being lost, it might have felt more moving.

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