Run (Blu-ray)

April 24, 2014 4 Min Read

Review by: Matt Malouf

Plot: What’s it about?

I admit that looking at the cover for RUN that I had little clue on what to expect. Was it a film about some new form of new wave hobby? Maybe it was a heist movie where the characters are on the run? Wrong on both accounts. It does feature parkour. That’s always moving forward despite obstacles within the environment. I copied that explanation straight from the back of the case. I didn’t bother to research further because in doing so I might’ve been reminded more of this film. That’s something I never want the displeasure of. It’s quite bad actually. Mike (Adrian Pasdar) and his son Daniel (William Moseley) live their lives on the run. Daniel uses his parkour skills to pull off robberies and then the father and son simply flee where they are and start the routine all over in a new place. Daniel’s mother died when she gave birth to him and he seems to have finally want to settle into his current location. His dad has hopes that his son will join him on one last job. We’ve seen the plot hundreds of times and I could spot just about every plot point early on. There’s very little here in terms of plot and the idea seems to have built more upon the sport of parkour over anything else.

Eric Roberts shows up in a supporting role as a character who may or may not have a personal vendetta against Mike. This could work as a sort of guilty pleasure if it weren’t played so straight. The acting is so bad here. It’s as if their reading their lines aloud for the first time. It became comical after a while. There’s just so little here worth recommending. The plot is standard stuff and the action only passable. This disc includes a 3D version of the film as well as a standard. I can’t comment on the 3D aspects, but I suspect that the intention was to show off the parkour elements in the format. There were a few cases that seemed made for 3d as well. As I mentioned, the plot is so flimsy that the filmmakers resorted to a gimmick to sell the thing. Skip it.

Video: How’s it look?

I mentioned having both 3D and regular formats on one disc, but only the standard version is reviewed here. The AVC (1.78:1) encoded image at least looks great. Colors were strong and solid throughout with only a few small traces of grain and softness on occasion. It never became overly distracting. The print was clean and flesh tones accurate and natural looking. There are no serious issues here.

Audio: How’s it sound?

We get a Dolby True HD track and it (like the transfer) serves the film well. There’s plenty of rear channel activity and the music throughout the film adds to the track and keeps things alive. Lines were clean and natural sounding with no noticeable distortions. When some of the characters perform the parkour stunts there’s a real clear sound to things, it’s like you’re watching it live. This is a worthy track that will please fans.

Supplements: What are the extras?

  • Making Of -This is only 5 minutes and acts as an extended trailer. Since it’s so short don’t expect anything worthwhile, but it won’t take up too much of your time if you are curious.
  • Previews

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