Non-specific spoilers for RUN ahead. If there’s one mystery-thriller movie trope that really needs to die, it’s the Convenient Incriminating Evidence Box. Aneesh Chaganty’s sophmore feature is far less assured than SEARCHING, being about 50 minutes of a decent thriller and a complete collapse into bad information reveals and sub-Shyamalan twists in the final 40. A wheelchair-using teenager waits for the freedom of her college acceptance letter as her mother continues to care for her around the clock, but soon becomes suspicious of her behavior and motives. The first plot twists you guess from this setup will probably be correct. As Chloe, Kiera Allen proves herself a real talent, fearlessly throwing herself into the demands of the role and bringing a nuanced mix of vulnerability and strength to balance out Sarah Paulson’s genre-driven over-acting. This really comes off the rails towards the end, but not in un-entertaining ways. SSP
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