A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Suggests that violence/murder is OK to solve a problem that some might consider worse (abuse). Many years later, there are indirect consequences, but it's so far removed that it doesn't really connect. Clearly inspired by Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist, movie also wants to talk a little about runaway/unhoused children, but story is more about violence and corruption than it is about empathy.
Positive Role Models
Main character is more or less depicted as a hero for saving two young children from abusive father, even though his act of murder sent him into life of crime. Almost all other characters are either criminals or corrupt; even grown-up children Oscar saved aren't quite clear about what to think. They treat Oscar as a savior, but wouldn't they have mixed feelings about person who killed their father?
Violence & Scariness
Suggestion of a man sexually abusing his young child (very disturbing; nothing graphic shown). Child stabs/murders someone with a hot poker. Guns and shooting. Child shoots someone; blood splatter on wall. Bloody wounds. Characters get shot and die. Choke hold. A character slices an "x" into his own shoulder; blood shown.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Brief scene of a topless woman. Kissing. A woman wearing fishnet stockings and black underwear, with tape over her nipples, dances on a stripper pole. Nipples visible through tank top. Man ogles a woman's breasts and bottom.
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Frequent strong language includes "f--k," "s--t," "motherf----r," "c--ksucker," and "ass," plus exclamatory use of "oh my God," "Jesus Christ."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink whiskey (from bottles and flasks), beer. An abusive character is often drunk. Cigarette smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Run with the Hunted is a mature crime drama about runaway kids and a violent act with repercussions that are felt 15 years later. It has guns and shooting, killing (some murders are committed by children), stabbing/slicing with a knife, blood, and a choke hold. Kids are taught to steal and pick pockets. A woman is briefly shown topless, characters kiss, a woman in a skimpy outfit (with tape over her nipples) performs a pole dance, nipples are visible through a tank top, and a man ogles a woman. Language includes many uses of "f--k," "s--t," "c--ksucker," and more. There's some drinking (hard liquor, beer) and cigarette smoking. Seemingly inspired by Oliver Twist, the movie offers good performances and a few powerful moments, but it also feels more mechanical than emotional. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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