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Run (2014): Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray cover art -- click to buy from Amazon.com Run

Video Debut: January 14, 2014 / Running Time: 91 Minutes / Rating: Not Rated

Director: Simone Bartesaghi / Writers: Simone Bartesaghi (screenplay); Joseph Michael Lagana (additional writer)

Cast: William Moseley (Daniel Lombardi/Sean Preston), Kelsey Chow (Emily Baltimore), Edoardo Ballerini (Lucius/Luke), Craig Henningsen (Mark Baltimore), Adrian Pasdar (Mike Lombardi), Eric Roberts (Jeremiah), Jeremy Gallant (Josh), Thomas Dolan (Paul), Kris Eivers (Erik), Royce Johnson (Lou), Fabian "Squirrel" Ruiz (Tim/Squirrel), Albert Valladares (Officer Drummond), Brian Distance (Officer O'Donnell), Saul Stein (Steward Norton), Ben Hollandsworth (Donaldson), Frank Fortunato (Mr. Baltimore), Aleta Mitchell (Tim's Grandma)

1.78:1 Widescreen / Dolby TrueHD 5.1 (English), Dolby Stereo 2.0 (English)
Subtitles: English for Hearing Impaired, Spanish / Not Closed Captioned; Extras Not Subtitled
Suggested Retail Price: $24.99
Single-sided, dual-layered disc (BD-50) / Blue Keepcase
Also available on DVD ($19.99 SRP)

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Nowadays, a cast list that concludes with "And Eric Roberts" does not inspire confidence.
Though Roberts appeared in The Dark Knight and The Expendables, those two fairly recent brushes with success are outliers in an impossibly productive filmography that has somehow added 70 credits in just the past two years. Some of those are shorts, a few are TV guest appearances, and the three that I've seen (A Halloween Puppy, A Talking Cat!?!, and The Hot Flashes) are among the worst movies currently being made. The "And" credit is typically assigned to someone of distinction who is sure to make an impact in even limited screentime. I'm not sure that Eric Roberts is the guy you want doing that.

Roberts' name, however, is by far the most famous one attached to Run, a 3D movie that went direct to video today. Top billing goes to William Moseley, the oldest of the four young leads of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe whose careers have been virtually non-existent outside of Narnia.

Sean Preston (William Moseley) has the good luck of being welcomed into the Parkour clique of his new Brooklyn high school. Between the name Jeremiah, his penchant for tall glasses of red wine, and his fashionable hairdo, Eric Roberts' character really gives off that deadly crime boss vibe.

Moseley plays Daniel Lombardi, a teenager who robs pawn shops and the like for his crippled father, Mike (Adrian Pasdar). The impoverished two move from place to place, using aliases and maintaining a low profile. That's because Daniel's mother died right when he was born, her death related to her family's organized crime business. Mom's brother, Jeremiah (Roberts, who makes brief appearances starting at the 28-minute mark), considers Mike responsible for the death and has been itching to settle the score. He somehow doesn't even know that his sister died with child or that the baby was born.

After attracting some attention from a neighbor, the Lombardis move from Detroit to Brooklyn, where Daniel begins attending a run-down old public high school under the name Sean Preston. "Sean" is welcomed into the school's Parkour clique. Parkour, should you not know, is moving in an efficient manner with a mix of running, climbing, jumping, and swinging. In an extraordinary coincidence, Sean/Daniel happens to be quite gifted in that very art form, but he keeps it quiet, posing as a newbie for his new buddy Mark (Craig Henningsen) and Mark's sister (Daniel's obvious love interest), Emily (Kelsey Chow), as he hangs with them in their remote, abandoned "den." Only when life or death circumstance requires heroics does Daniel break out wall-climbing skills that might make Spider-Man jealous.

Meanwhile, Mike puts in a call to Lucius (Edoardo Ballerini), one of Jeremiah's most trusted enforcers, which only serves to place a large target on both Lombardis' backs. Parkour just might be the only thing that can save their lives.

Cane-using Mike Lombardi (Adrian Pasdar) has been hiding guns and tattoos under his Dad shirt sleeves. Only Parkour can save these two boys (Craig Henningsen and William Moseley) now.

Run aims to do for Parkour what Step Up did for ballet dancing: give it street credibility and make it look hip and relevant. It is just as terrible as that sequel-spawning Channing Tatum star-maker.
From clumsy editing that can't compensate for insufficient coverage and subpar line deliveries to cheesy CGI fire visual effects, Run never stops oozing amateurishness. It is a mystery that anyone could have thought there'd be an audience for such a 3D movie made in this fashion. But the list must not run a lot longer than Moseley, Roberts, and Simone Bartesaghi, who makes his feature writing debut in addition to directing.

Run is a series of Parkour highlight music videos strung together by the laziest and thinnest of narratives. These stunt montages are more fit for YouTube than the middle of a feature film, but then one feels generous even giving such a label to this pitiful super niche production.

Moseley, the most promising of the four young Narnia stars, pulls off an American accent with only minor difficulty. But it boggles the mind that he has chosen this as his first feature film outside that franchise. Surely, there must have been offers to at least audition. Since Voyage of the Dawn Treader stuck a fork in Walden Media's plans, though, the 26-year-old actor has done a Funny or Die short, another short, an episode of TNT's "Perception", and a failed CW pilot.

It is hard to believe that America hasn't had anything better to offer him, especially back in the immediate wake of Wardrobe grossing a staggering three-quarters of a billion dollars globally back in 2005-06. One could assume he was just selective or perhaps focusing on his academics. The addition of Run to his filmography shoots down those theories and dampens hopes for future success. His fellow young kings and queens of Narnia haven't fared much better, with Ben Barnes, buzz-killing Prince Caspian himself, having gotten the most work, albeit in bad films like The Words and The Big Wedding. At least Moseley will forever be able to claim starring in one of the most successful films of all time, even if that might seem preposterous given the company he's among in Run. Hey, no abundance of David DeCoteau/Mary Crawford movies can eliminate Dark Knight from Roberts' résumé either!

Unrated but clearly worthy of a PG-13, Run insults viewer intelligence at every opportunity, whether it's trying to depict teen life (with Angry Birds hoodies and slang), ineptly setting up future plot points (or not) with clunky exposition, or taking its big action climax of jumping, running teens against gun-toting gangsters seriously. The long end credits scroll gives the movie a chance to indulge in its modest desires of presenting Parkour stunts at length without any kind of story context. They are clips from winning contest submissions.

Five months after apparently reaching DVD in Russia, Run hit American retailers today from Millennium Entertainment on DVD and in the hybrid Blu-ray 3D/2D reviewed here.


Run's often jerky 1.78:1 digital video is without problems other than self-imposed ones, like the laughable CG fires used on the big rescue set piece. The Dolby TrueHD 5.1 soundtrack is loud and potent, delivering a lot of bass and cranking up the dynamics for contemporary electronic music with its mechanical sounds. A plain Dolby 2.0 stereo mix is also offered along with English SDH and Spanish subtitles.

Actress Kelsey Chow takes us inside the magic from her dressing room mirror. In swift succession, Run's trailer pitches three phrases that could also double as sequel titles (Run Hard, Run Fast and Run Wild).


The only designated bonus feature
is "Run: The Inside Look" (5:14, HD), a short making-of featurette that consists of flabby, casual interviews of William Moseley, Kelsey Chow, and Adrian Pasdar in between clips from the movie and a tiny bit of behind the scenes footage.

The Previews section adds Run's trailer (1:33, HD) to the individually accessible four with which the disc opens for Parkland, Ninja II: Shadow of a Tear, Charlie Countryman, and Hell Baby.

The menu plays narrow clips in stripes that move across the warm-colored title logo of the cover art. The disc doesn't support bookmarks or resume playback. Bummer.

The plain blue keepcase isn't spruced up with inserts, slipcover, or reverse side artwork.

Spoiler alert: Sean Preston (William Moseley), a.k.a. Daniel Lombardi, knows a thing or two about Parkour, boys and girls. Or at least his stunt double does.


Unless your idea of worthwhile cinema is montages of Parkour moves linked by a stupid, generic plot, Run will fail you to an almost unheard of degree. It's a waste of time for everyone but the writer/director, assuming he intended this as a demo reel for a career in Parkour choreography. The year is young, but we already have a promising candidate for its least interesting disc.

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Reviewed January 14, 2014.

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