Having to review a film that is set in a school where a number of pupils
return and slaughter some of their class mates with firearms is a difficult
one. Do you take it as a piece of entertainment or do you debate the moral
rights about making such a film. Let’s be honest there are going to be a
lot of people who are going to have negative opinions, and their possibly
justified, about director Kyle Rankin’s Run Hide Fight.
The premise sees Zoe (Isabel May), after bashing a deer’s head in with a
rock whilst out shooting with her dad (Thomas Jane), the bullet didn’t do
the job so that’s apparently what you do, and wearing a green army jacket
suspiciously similar to the one John Rambo wore in Rambo, are we getting
the idea that Zoe might be a bit of a bad ass, heading to school with best
pal Lewis (an underused Olly Sholotan, but we’ll come to that later).
The pair aren’t at school long when, just as Zoe has left the canteen after
an argument with Lewis, a van is driven through the cafeteria windows. Out
from the van come four students, led by the disgruntled Tristan Voy (Eli
Brown who is rather good) who start to shoot pupils and staff.
As Tristan and his gang make their demands it’s up to Zoe to rescue her
schoolmates and save the day. Where are the police you might add? Fair
point, led by the local Sherriff (Treat Williams) their so incompetent it
verges on the comical.
The plot is so full of holes it makes you wonder if anyone really cared
about quality, Tristan demands all the surviving pupils’ film him over
social media, which, much to the horror of the parents who see their
nearest and dearest being brutally murdered, the TV Networks actually
broadcast. Poor Lewis, I told you we would come back to him, is forced to
follow Tristan about and film him as he barks his demands at the increasing
number of viewers watching on social media channels. Oh and I nearly
forgot, Zoe is given inspiration for her rescue by conversations she has
with her recently deceased mother (Radha Mitchell).
It wouldn’t be so bad if Run Hide Fight was played out with its tongue
firmly in its cheek but it’s not, it’s portrayed as an action film, Die
Hard in a school, really!!! If this is the best that film makers’ can come
up with for ideas we’re really in trouble.