Run Review: Sarah Paulson is fierce on Hulu’s predictable horror thriller

Approximately 15 minutes to the thriller of Annie Schaganti RunThe telling scene consolidates the fear that it will sin the most tragic movie of all. A daughter who is always ill, takes a handful of medicines every morning and night, and is in a wheelchair as far as she can remember, asks her mother one question about the medicines. Her mother responds with a shift in laughter and bias. that moment, Run I’m not going to follow the winding route of the movie before Chaganti, Searching — Instead, it becomes predictable. Run Exactly what you would expect if you read or see Sharp thingsIf you now naturally suspect Sarah Paulson after years of acting on Ryan Murphy’s increasingly eccentric projects, reading Buzzfeed stories about Dee Dee and Gypsy Rose, watching the Hulu miniseries about them, and so on. .. Despite the sequence of biting some nails Run It’s a slog rather than a sprint.

Chaganti and co-writer Cebu Ohanian, then team up again Searching,give Run A sparsely effective setup. Three consecutive scenes reveal the physical sacrifice and potential fear of childbirth. A little baby is lying on a hospital bed, connected to a machine and surrounded by a doctor. After hard work, Diane Sherman (Paulson) prays enthusiastically. When she finally meets the baby again, she pushes her hand against the side of the incubator that keeps the little girl alive. Her face shows anxiety first, then relief, and then anxiety. This is a changing array of emotions that reveals a particular dedication. Diane is a mother and nothing else matters to her.

A few years later, Diane continues to focus on Chloe (Kiera Allen). Chloe survived her challenging childhood, but has been ill since then. Intertitles share Chloe’s myriad health problems: arrhythmias, hemochromatosis, asthma, diabetes, paralysis. For the other parents of her homeschooling group, Diane is apparently proud of her daughter’s achievements (“Chloe is the most capable person I know”), but they are clearly co-operative. Depends on. Diane’s entire identity is tied to being Chloe’s mother. Directs school schedules, works as a doctor’s advocate, receives many prescriptions, and takes care of a large organic garden that serves all the vegetables.

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And, of course, Chloe relies on her mother for everything. The montage that Chaganti uses to show this trust has a snappy rhythm. Chloe wakes up every morning, gets into a wheelchair, spits sputum, takes morning medicine, eats a fresh organic breakfast cooked by Diane, and works on physics. Literature, biology, robotics, afternoon medicine, a fresh organic dinner cooked by Diane, and homework. It’s monotonous and immutable.

The only potential surprise in Chloe’s life is whether she will be accepted by the University of Washington. If so, it will be Chloe’s first time-out in the world on her own, which may cause Diane’s reckless behavior.So Run As progress progresses, the bond between mother and daughter turns into a series of escalating reactions fueled by attachment and distrust. What has been happening for years in this house, deep in the woods of a small town, and when did you go to jail?

Unlike the orderly whodunit Searching, Chaganti and Ohanian don’t stand on tiptoe about character motives Run, This is a surprisingly flat story. Trin Borrowdale’s scores are adorned with genres like squeaky strings and moody synths, adding an eerie atmosphere, but that’s not enough to bear the burden. Some of the plot’s developments are initially disturbing, such as the internet being disconnected as soon as you try to study some of the medicines Chloe’s mother offered.

But with a little care, the story becomes questionable. Chloe, a teenager, has been able to access the internet for years, but have you ever created a social media account? She was presented as a genius-level wise man in robotics, but have you ever wondered about the isolation of her world’s claustrophobia with her mother? She has never considered pursuing a romantic relationship, or wondered why her mother had never introduced her to other children, or advised her to make friends. Falcon?Has a disconnection Run Excessive investigation into the division between how talented and intelligent Chloe is and how long it takes her to act for her own benefit, RunThe plot looks a bit stupid than it should be.

Performance is the movie’s most powerful asset, and the action sequence is right behind it.There are cheeky moments throughout (Stephen King’s references to Delhi, Maine, and the films Diane and Chloe are called. Occur), Paulson and Allen play most of this fairly straightforwardly. Its directness adds the necessary tension, helps Chloe’s mother align with the perception that something is wrong, and reveals the depth of Diane’s villainy.

Sarah Paulson sits upright on a bed in a dark room on Hulu's Run

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Allen is wonderfully emotional and as entertaining as when the movie allows, when she resents and cuts off her family pharmacist. Confidential In other words, Mrs. Bates. Shaganti’s choice to frame her in a clear close-up is the only person who amplifies the first feel of her shocked, frightened, and ultimately vengeful reaction. ..Latter half Run Demanding a great deal of physicality from Allen, her whole-body commitment defeats the urgency of these sequences. The scene where Chloe is unraveling the mystery of her mother is SearchingThere are anti-climatic feelings in her discovery, but given how far the audience is ahead of her.

Despite the staleness of Diane’s character, Paulson’s performance is fun and ferocious.Between various installments American Horror Story And that On the cuckoo’s nest Prequel the day before Ratched, Paulson has cultivated the ability to turn on dimes. Easily transitions between calm relief, fragile anxiety, and volcanic wrath.That mercury quality defines her work Run, It requires taking advantage of all the compassionate and compassionate societies that Diane easily gives to white women — and uses it for her own agenda.

The dynamism of her referral hospital scene, where Diane sways between concern and mania, remains throughout the film. This emphasizes how often this character uses the victim as a shield. Paulson responds well to passive-aggressive guilty stumbling blocks and martyrdom. Her roaring anger when she first yells at Chloe is the real “You are in danger, a girl!”. At the moment, she somehow sounds as a bone-chilling threat with a statement as harmless as “I have you.”But Paulson’s crazy manipulation isn’t fully provided by a story that collapses under a little scrutiny, and even the surprisingly nasty final scene can’t be completely created. Run It stands out from the steadily expanding Munchausen Syndrome Proxy Munchausen Syndrome sub-genre.

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