Run (2020 American film)

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Run poster.jpeg
Official promotional poster
Directed byAneesh Chaganty
Produced by
Written by
  • Aneesh Chaganty
  • Sev Ohanian
Music byTorin Borrowdale
CinematographyHillary Fyffe Spera
Edited by
  • Nick Johnson
  • Will Merrick
Distributed byHulu
Release date
  • October 8, 2020 (2020-10-08) (Nightstream)[1]
  • November 20, 2020 (2020-11-20) (United States)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1 million[2][3]

Run is a 2020 American thriller film directed by Aneesh Chaganty and written by Chaganty and Sev Ohanian. The film stars Sarah Paulson and Kiera Allen.

Run was digitally released on November 20, 2020, by Hulu.


Diane Sherman (Sarah Paulson) gives birth prematurely to her newborn child, who receives emergency treatment.

Seventeen years later, Diane homeschools and serves as sole caretaker for her wheelchair-using daughter Chloe (Kiera Allen), who is chronically ill with arrhythmia, hemochromatosis, diabetes and paralysis. Chloe, skilled in technology and engineering, awaits an acceptance letter from the University of Washington. Diane insists she does not mind Chloe leaving home to begin college life, yet repeatedly stops Chloe from seeing the mail before her.

One day, Chloe discovers unfamiliar green pills, apparently prescribed to her mother. Diane insists this new pill, Trigoxin, has been prescribed to Chloe, and it appears in her array of daily medications. Chloe's efforts to research Trigoxin are thwarted by an outage of the home internet connection and she resorts to calling a stranger to ask him to search for the drug's identity and purpose. Chloe learns that Trigoxin treats heart conditions, but is universally a red pill.

Now completely suspicious, Chloe uses the pretext of seeing a movie with her mother to sneak across the street to the prescribing pharmacy and identify the green pill. Chloe learns it is a muscle relaxant for dogs, which could cause leg paralysis if ingested by humans. Diane chases down Chloe as she begins to have an asthma attack, injecting her with a sedative before she can communicate with anyone else.

Chloe wakes to find that her mother is not home and she is locked in her bedroom. Obvious means of leaving or contacting the outside world have been sabotaged, but Chloe manages to escape the house with difficulty and flags down a mailman. Before he can take Chloe to the police, Diane returns home and attacks them both in the driveway, killing the mailman.

Chloe again awakes imprisoned, now in the basement with her wheelchair chained where she discovers the acceptance letter in the trash and a box of photos and documents, showing that Diane's real daughter died two hours after birth. The box's contents further reveal that Diane stole Chloe from a hospital as a baby, and that Chloe could walk as a child.

Diane enters the basement where Chloe confronts her with what she has found. Without naming it, Chloe accuses Diane of inflicting factitious disorder imposed on another on her through her childhood, and wonders if she was ever genuinely sick. Diane denies Chloe's accusation and minimizes her kidnapping, then insists she has only acted to help Chloe. Diane produces medical equipment and fills a syringe with a neurotoxin, intent on maintaining her role as Chloe's medical caregiver. Chloe escapes and quickly drinks a household poison, forcing Diane to hospitalize her.

Chloe is stabilized, but cannot communicate to anyone while intubated and still weak in a hospital bed. Diane, armed with a gun, kidnaps Chloe before she can be questioned about her "suicide attempt". When Chloe realizes she is on the University of Washington’s medical campus, she resolves that she will not be controlled, and manages to use her feet to engage her wheelchair's footbrake, stopping Diane from pushing her wheelchair and giving security time to reach them. Diane is incapacitated by security, falling down a flight of stairs in the process.

Seven years later, Chloe has partial use of her legs again and regularly visits Diane, who is bedridden in prison, still calling her "Mom". Chloe updates Diane about her life; she is married with a child and developing prosthetics for children. Chloe then reveals dog medication she has smuggled into the prison and forces it on Diane, intending for her to suffer like she did.



In June 2018, it was announced Lionsgate would produce, distribute, and finance the film, with Aneesh Chaganty directing from a screenplay he wrote, alongside Sev Ohanian. Ohanian and Natalie Qasabian produced the film.[4] In October 2018, Sarah Paulson joined the cast of the film.[5] In December 2018, Kiera Allen joined the cast of the film.[6]

Principal photography in Winnipeg, Canada began on October 31, 2018, and wrapped on December 18, 2018.[7]

Torin Borrowdale composed the film score, as he previously collaborated with Chaganty in Searching. According to Borrowdale, the goal for the film's musical direction was to achieve "the essence of Bernard Herrmann, but for a 2020 cinematic experience."[8]


Run was scheduled to be released on May 8, 2020, coinciding with Mother's Day weekend.[9] However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was pulled from the schedule. Lionsgate intended to announce a new release date "once there is more clarity on when movie theaters" will reopen.[10] It was previously scheduled to be released on January 24, 2020.[11] In August 2020, Hulu acquired distribution rights to the film,[12] and released on their service on November 20, 2020.[13]


Audience viewership[edit]

Following its debut weekend, Hulu reported that Run was the most-watched original film in the platform's history, as well as the most talked about on Twitter.[14]

Critical response[edit]

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 93% based on 82 reviews, with an average rating of 7.3/10. The site's critics consensus reads: "Solid acting and expertly ratcheted tension help Run transcend its familiar trappings to deliver a delightfully suspenseful thriller."[15] On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 66 out of 100, based on 18 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews."[16]

Jessica Gomez of wrote: "If you're like me and you were captivated by the story of Gypsy Rose and her mother Dee Dee Blanchard, then I've got a psychological thriller with your name on it."[17]


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  2. ^ "Run". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved November 25, 2020.
  3. ^ "Run (2020)". The Numbers. Retrieved November 25, 2020.
  4. ^ McNary, Dave (June 7, 2018). "Lionsgate to Develop Thriller 'Run' From 'Searching' Filmmakers (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved December 25, 2018.
  5. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (October 11, 2018). "Sarah Paulson To Star In Lionsgate Thriller 'Run', Directed By 'Searching' Helmer Aneesh Chaganty". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 25, 2018.
  6. ^ Nemiroff, Perri (December 6, 2018). "Exclusive: Newcomer Kiera Allen Cast Opposite Sarah Paulson in Thriller 'Run'". Collider. Retrieved December 25, 2018.
  7. ^ Sneider, Jeff (October 11, 2018). "Exclusive: Sarah Paulson to Star in Thriller 'Run' from 'Searching' Filmmakers". Collider. Retrieved December 25, 2018.
  8. ^ Reeves, Rachel (2020-03-18). "[Exclusive Interview] Netflix's LOCKE AND KEY Composer Torin Borrowdale Unlocks the Magical Power of Musical Exploration". Nightmare on Film Street. Retrieved 2020-04-03.
  9. ^ Couch, Aaron (January 17, 2020). "Lionsgate Thriller 'Run' Release Date Pushed Back 4 Months". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 17, 2020.
  10. ^ Sneider, Jeff (March 17, 2020). "Lionsgate Delays Chris Rock's 'Saw' Movie, Janelle Monae's 'Antebellum'". Collider. Retrieved March 17, 2020.
  11. ^ Vlessing, Etan (January 31, 2019). "Lionsgate Suspense Thriller 'Run' Sets 2020 Release Date". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  12. ^ Kit, Borys (August 11, 2020). "Sarah Paulson Horror Thriller 'Run' Moves from Lionsgate to Hulu (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 11, 2020.
  13. ^ Day-Ramos, Dino (September 22, 2020). "Aneesh Chaganty's Thriller 'Run' Starring Sarah Paulson Lands Release Date At Hulu". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 22, 2020.
  14. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (November 24, 2020). "'Run' Races To Hulu Record As Streamer's Most Watched Movie Ever In Its Opening Weekend". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 24, 2020.
  15. ^ "Run (2020)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved November 24, 2020.
  16. ^ "Run (2020) Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved November 23, 2020.
  17. ^ Gomez, Jessica. "Run (2020) Review". All Horror. Retrieved November 21, 2020.

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