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Run Sweetheart Run         review by Bobby Blakey

Sometimes movies just kind of pop up on your radar seemingly out of nowhere. I started seeing promos images for Run Sweetheart Run pop up on my TV and finally had to just see what it was all about. The film stars Ella Balinska, Pilou Asbaek, Clark Gregg, Betsy Brandt, Dayo Okeniyi, and Shohreh Aghdashloo from Country Strong director Shana Feste and was made in 2020 and had a planned theatrical release, but like most of that year got lost in the Covid shuffle. The film finally got picked up by Amazon Studios and has now made its debut on Prime Video, but is it worth the wait or is it not worth running after?


Run Sweetheart Run follows single mom Cherie who is relieved and excited when she meets charismatic Ethan after initially being apprehensive when her boss insists she meets with one of his most important clients where the influential businessman defies expectations and sweeps Cherie off her feet. But at the end of the night, when the two are alone together, he reveals his true, violent nature. Battered and terrified, she flees for her life, beginning a relentless game of cat-and-mouse with a bloodthirsty assailant hell-bent on her utter destruction.


I had no idea what the movie was about going in and surprised to where it went in the story. Right out the gate it starts giving you some red herrings to the direction of where it is heading if you really pay attention. It seems innocent enough at first, but you know right away something isn’t right although you might not really understand where its headed.


I really had fun with this flick as it is a fun game of bloody cat and mouse keeping you talking about trying to figure out the real reasoning behind what is happening and you will no doubt have a few initial theories. That is kind of the fun of it all and as it unfolds you will either be happy or roll your eyes. I love the

use of the title card “RUN!” periodically at the perfect time that gave it a fun stylized vision,


For the majority of the movie I was all in with what they were doing and the few good kills we get, but it was the final act that kind of lost me. It took a kind of silly turn for me in relation to the rest of the film complete with an outfit change, one of many, that makes no real sense. The final showdown was also a bit of a letdown because I felt it could have been accomplished long before this scenario and way too easy from everything we saw before.


I still enjoyed the film for what it was and think that fans of the genre might have some fun here despite its shortcomings. Decide for yourself and check out Run Sweetheart Run available now on Prime Video.

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