Simone Bartesaghi’s Run tries to meld the art of parkour with a mob-related crime thriller. The end result is a mediocre film, at best, with some impressive stunt set pieces, but a hokey story with cardboard characters, and doesn’t use the 3D to its potential.
Distributed By: Millennium
Video Resolution and Encode: 1080P/AVC, 1080P/MVC
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Audio: English 2.0 DD, English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Rating: Not Rated
Run Time: 1 Hr. 30 Min.
Package Includes: 3D Blu-raykeepcase
Disc Type: BD50 (dual layer)
Release Date: 01/14/2014
The Production Rating: 2.5/5
Parkour is a holistic training discipline using movement that developed from military obstacle course training. Practitioners aim to get from A to B in the most efficient way possible. They do this using only their bodies and their surroundings to propel themselves; furthermore, they try to maintain as much momentum as is possible in a safe manner. Parkour can include running, climbing, swinging, vaulting, jumping, rolling, quadrupedal movement, and the like, depending on what movement is deemed most suitable for the given situation.
Parkour is a non-competitive sport, which can be practiced alone or with others. It can be practiced in any location, but is usually practiced in urban spaces. Parkour involves seeing one's environment in a new way, and imagining the potentialities for movement around it.
Movies that use fad sports as their backdrops tend to suffer from poorly plotted and predictable scripts, and Run is no exception. Daniel Lombardi (William Moseley) and his father Mike (Adrian Pasdar) have been on the run ever since he was born, when his mother died during childbirth after being shot by an unknown gunman. Mike has a debt to pay to the mob, lead by Jeremiah (Eric Roberts), and when Mike and Daniel return to New York City, Luke (Edoardo Ballerini) is sent to collect. To make ends meet, Daniel has taken up the sport of parkour, using it to rob stores without being caught. On his first day of school, he meets Mark (Craig Heningsen), his sister Emily (Kelsey Chow), and their friends who practice parkour in an abandoned warehouse after school. The warehouse catches fire, Daniel comes to the rescue, and suddenly Emily falls head over heels for Daniel. But the act of heroism brings unwanted attention to Daniel and his father, and Jeremiah orders Luke to find Mike, torture him to find out where Daniel is, and unleash the deep, dark secret of who Daniel’s mother is and who shot her.
Most audience members will have the big reveal figured out within the first ten minutes of the movie, essentially as soon as they arrive in New York. The parkour set pieces tend to go on way too long and are not that exciting, anyway, and the use of stuntmen is fairly obvious. William Moseley, who showed he has some acting skills for action films in the Chronicles of Narnia film series, is bland and often mumbles his dialogue while trying to retain an American accent. Both Adrian Pasdar and Eric Roberts have nothing much to do in the film, their only function being to move the plot along. Director Simone Bartesaghi’s choice to shoot the film in 3D is a curious one, since the 3d is only used effectively during a very brief snowball fight during a parkour montage.
Millenium Entertainment’s single-disc 3D Blu-ray release contains both a 2D and 3D version of the film, encoded in the AVC/MVC codec, and retains the film’s intended 1.78:1 aspect ratio. Colors are vibrant and well-saturated, with excellent detail and deep blacks. Shot digitally with RED cameras, grain is non-existent, yet the end result yields a very film-like image.
Video Rating: 4/5 3D Rating: 3.5/5
The 3D version does add some dimensionality and depth, but the potential is never completely realized, with only one instance of a pop out during a very brief snowball fight which did make me flinch. There is some minor crosstalk issues in a few sequences, but I never found them overly distracting. I find this rather surprising, since it won both Director to Watch and Best 3D awards at last year's 3D Film Festival.
Where the Blu-ray really shines is in its Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix. Dialogue is directed mostly to the center channel, with sound effects and music spread across the entire soundstage. There is a nice scene with Mike and Daniel having a conversation in their car during a light rainstorm, with the sound of raindrops enveloping the audience. The pulsing score by Tree Adams is reminiscent of the score used in Art of Flight, and will give your subwoofer a good workout.
Audio Rating: 4/5
The disc includes trailers for the following films, all in HD: Run (1:33), Parkland (2:26), Ninja II: Shadow of a Tear (1:26), Charlie Countryman (2:24), and Hell Baby (2:31)
Special Features Rating: 2/5
Run: The Inside Look (HD; 5:14): The young cast discuss making the film in this very brief featurette.
Fans of parkour will likely enjoy Run, and I’m guessing most young teenagers will, as well. There is not much else to recommend here, as the 3D is fairly ho-hum, and the plot is overly predictable.
Overall Rating: 3/5
Reviewed By: Todd Erwin
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