Run Sweetheart Run (2020)
Director: Shana Feste
Screenplay: Shana Feste, Keith Josef Adkins, Kellee Terrell
Stars: Ella Balinska, Pilou Asbæk, Clark Gregg, Shohreh Aghdashloo and Marco Khan
Cherie (Balinska) is a single mom, and pre-law student working her way through college working as a secretary for a high-priced lawyer. When her boss calls saying that he needs her to take his place at a dinner that evening with an important client, she reluctantly agrees.
Cherie meets Ethan (Asbæk) who turns out to be rich, handsome, charming and interested in Cherie. As the evening progresses, Cherie begins to feel attracted to Ethan. When they arrive back at Ethan’s house, he invites Cherie in for a drink. Although hesitant, Cherie says she’ll come in for just one.
Cherie will soon find herself on the run for her life. Ethan was not at all what he seemed to be. Who will believe that Ethan is a savage murderer who intends to kill Cherie before sunrise?
Thoughts (beware of spoilers)…
Run Sweetheart Run takes surprising turns that some may not like. I absolutely enjoyed them. There are times when the fourth wall is broken. When Ethan and Cherie go for a nightcap, as Cherie enters the house, Ethan turns and looks directly into the camera. He then makes a go away motion to the audience and the camera backs up. Ethan then enters the house and from a distance we hear screams, smashing furniture and suddenly Cherie bursts out of the house running for her life.
The movie takes on a supernatural aspect about three quarters of the way through, although there have been hints along the way. Ella Balinska is excellent as the “girl on the run” who will have to survive by her wits and toughness. Pilou Asbæk is believable as the charming date at one moment and terrifying killer in the next. If you’re a fan of movies that break the mold and take chances, then Run Sweetheart Run may be for you.
Run Sweetheart Run earns 4 of 5 stars.