7/10 The first full length feature film released from The Daily Wire, “Run Hide Fight” is by no means a perfect film, but is a strong start for The Daily Wire which would be followed by the likes of the more recent “What is a Woman?” (7/10) and “Terror on the Prairie” (5/10). The plot of “Run Hide Fight” is essentially “Die Hard” but with a female protagonist and in the midst of a high school shooting, instead of a company Christmas party in a skyscraper. Before I get into why this film largely works, I will get the negatives out of the way first. The biggest problem with the film is that it essentially goes off the rails in the final ten minutes. Without getting into spoilers, a character that has been shot is finally outside of the school, safely surrounded by law enforcement and paramedics. Once this character is confirmed not to be one of the school shooters (which should have taken five seconds due to the entire shooting being live streamed on social media), they realistically would have immediately been taken into an ambulance to be treated for their gun shot. Instead, they are free to roam around which made no sense until I realized that there was one final plot point to unfold. Another ridiculous part of the end is that a good character is outside of the school with a gun to try to help out any way they can. Once they are arrested, the gun is left on the ground, completely unattended and able to be picked up by anyone. It made for a silly, unrealistic ending to an otherwise believable film. One other problem is that despite the survival/hunting/shooting skills of our protagonist Zoe Hull (Isabel May), it did become pretty farfetched that she was able to do everything that she does in the film on her own (with minor exceptions). The sheer luck, timing and right place/right time circumstances continued to fall into her favor for the film to happen, which I understand but it still felt a little off. Those complaints aside, “Run Hide Fight” has a lot going for it to warrant a recommendation. Despite a few situations that felt off that I previously mentioned, the vast majority of the film feels extremely realistic. A lot a current action films with female leads show a 120 pound woman beating up three 300 pound guys, making her nearly invincible and it’s always a joke. Zoe is realistically portrayed as she gets beat up by a male, gets injured and has limited capabilities, as a normal yet heroic woman would. The school shooters who are hungry for attention and want their deeds to be broadcast for as many people as possible to witness also felt genuine. In a shocking 180 from normal high school set films or anything that takes place in high school on Netflix, these high schoolers actually look like high schoolers. Shocking I know. They didn’t cast 30-year-olds to play 17-year-olds, which was a breath of fresh air. This is the first acting work I have seen from Isabel May and she has fantastic screen presence, gives an authentic performance and is definitely a star in the making to keep an eye on going forward. The supporting cast has some bigger names like Thomas Jane and Radha Mitchell who have limited screen time but leave a lasting impact. There are moments set up earlier in the film that pay off by the end that felt natural. Mitchell plays Zoe’s deceased mother and Zoe is seen communicating to her in times of trouble as she tries to cope with her mom’s death and it adds an extra layer to the film that really worked. The film is almost two hours long but the pacing works well and you are invested from start to finish. While the final ten minutes definitely brings the film down a notch or two, this is a strong debut from The Daily Wire and while I still have to watch/review “The Hyperions” and “Shut In”, I am happy to see some alternative entertainment options outside of a Hollywood that is becoming drastically out of touch and on the decline.

#AceInTheHull / #IsabelMaySaveYourLife / #SilentHull / #VanOnFire / #BogieNights / #LiveScreaming

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