Desiring freedom after years of isolated medical care, teenager Chloe suspects her mother might be holding her back — and harboring sinister secrets.
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Watching “Run” this weekend gave me chills, for more than one reason. As a wheelchair user, I am always wary of wheelchair-using characters on screen but a quick search of actor Kiera Allen told me she was a real-life wheelchair user which gave me some confidence in the movie, however, I still found myself pressing play with trepidation. Da-dum goes the Netflix sound we’ve all become accustomed to letting us know that we have now invested 1 hour 29 minutes of our life into this recent movie.
Prior to watching the movie, I had actually stopped the trailer partway through, as I often do when I decide I like the look of something so as not to spoil anything. I have since watched the whole trailer and it depicts a different kind of movie to the one I saw. The trailer gives the expectation that the movie is a terrifying, jump-scare type horror. Whilst there is definitely a psychological element, the movie is certainly not in the psychological horror realm.
“Run” begins with Diane (Sarah Paulson) in a hospital bed praying for the baby we see doctors working to save the life of. Fast forward 17 years and we are hearing Diane at a support group type setting, talking about how brilliantly capable her daughter is. Aside from these scenes, the film is largely set in their home which has been adapted but is far from fully accessible.
Chloe (Kiera Allen) is a 17-year old girl living with chronic illness and disability. Whilst she is quite capable within the home which has been adapted for her to navigate, she rarely accesses the world outside. Home-schooled by her mum Diane, Chloe is an excellent academic who is awaiting news of a college place. With no character backstory, we see glimpses of potential reasons for how they came to be in the position they are currently in but nothing concrete which certainly adds to the suspense.
The film offers an excellent depiction of how those who use wheelchairs and suffer daily from chronic illness are often successful individuals. The determination Chloe has for everyday life stands her in good stead for the discoveries she makes throughout the movie.
I cannot stress enough how important it is to have actual wheelchair-users play the parts of wheelchair users on-screen and stage. Allen has been recorded in interviews stating how brilliant the production team of the film were in not only making her feel comfortable but ensuring the access issues were always resolved and most importantly listening to her about her needs.
There is a scene in the movie that I can talk about without giving away any spoilers, it really impressed me. Chloe is rushing to get across a road when she has very little time to do so. She is at the crossing, pressing the button frantically and as the green walk sign flashes, she shouts “Excuse me” to another person waiting as she can’t hop down the curb directly in front of her but must navigate around onto the sloping curb. The director could easily have cut from Chloe at the crossing waiting, to Chloe midway across the road but they didn’t. They chose to show how something as small and insignificant to the majority of people is potentially a massive stumbling block to wheelchair users every day.
Chloe then enters a pharmacy to find a large queue She asks the man at the back of the queue if she can cut in line as it is an emergency. The man says no way until he turns and on immediately seeing she is in a wheelchair, changes his whole attitude saying “Of course!”. It is really good to see these daily occurrences for wheelchair users being highlighted in the movie.
The brilliant Sarah Poulson who plays Chloe’s mother Diane Sherman plays a steely antagonist better than most. One only has to have seen her last Netflix works “Ratched” to see why she was perfectly cast for this role. She plays a calm and collected character whilst delivering a glare to terrify the bravest of souls, with ease. The film is directed by Aneesh Chaganty, a reasonably new director to the industry – this being his second film. His debut feature-length film “Searching” is also a very good watch in my opinion.
I can’t recommend “Run” enough for two reasons both equal in part. The narrative, that is engaging and intense and the film’s representation of disability and chronic illness. Allen is a fabulous actor who will hopefully feature in film again in the not too distant future. Teamed with Poulson, the pair deliver an astounding performance. The end of the movie for me was not the moral standing I would like to have seen but it certainly left me thinking and talking about it and that is surely Chaganty’s main aim.
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