'Run' [DVD + Digital]
(Josiah David Warren, Taylor Murphy, Chloe Hurs, Stephen Baldwin, et al / DVD + Digital / NR / 2019 / Mill Creek Entertainment)
Overview: 'Run' is a dramatic thriller following Levi, a young businessman who marries the love of his life, Natalie Winters (Taylor Murphy), a passionate journalist who reports on human trafficking and fights to expose it.
On their wedding night Natalie is kidnapped to be sold into slavery by the very men she's investigating. When authorities prove to be of little help, Levi goes on the hunt for his wife, chasing clues wherever he can find them, leading him to Jeff Conners (Stephen Baldwin) a merciless crime lord.
Will Levi be able to find his wife before she is transported out of the country to be sold? Only with the help of God can Levi and Natalie find the strength and faith to fight the evil that has shattered their lives.
DVD Verdict: Going into this film not quite knowing what to expect, especially given that Stephen Baldwin was "headlining" it, it turns out that this suspense/thriller tackles human trafficking, but with an alternative Christian approach.
So, what you get here in this hour and a half is a slew of faith-based elements mixed in with the tension, drama ... and the aforementioned Stephen Baldwin running here, there and everywhere!
For the most part the narrative works well enough with a reporter exploring a local human trafficking operation being taken and her new husband has to rescue her … but runs into one obstacle after another, of course.
Truth is though there are not real surprises here as 'Run' follows the usual formula for these kind of suspense-driven movies; though the faith based moments do help it stand out from a dense crowd.
I wouldn’t call the religious threads "heavy handed", but they are not subtle at all, so you can tell this was made from a Christian perspective with zero effort made to pretend otherwise.
But 'Run' isn’t as preachy as some and it manages to keep the story on track using faith to supplement the narrative, rather than letting it push the entire experience.
In a situation like the one Natalie and Levi find themselves in, faith can be of immense comfort and that is the case here although, of course, 'Run' is a little more upfront with its intentions. This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.40:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.