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Run Rabbit Run 2023 Movie Review
The story is about a Fertility doctor named Sarah begins her beloved daughter Mia’s seventh birthday expecting nothing amiss. But as an ominous wind swirls in, Sarah’s carefully controlled world begins to alter. Australian director Daina Reid takes influence on slow-burn artsy style horror movies like “The Babadook” and tries to create a chilly horror story about ghosts, children, and past. However, despite gorgeous camerawork and a great performance from Sarah Snook, “Run Rabbit Run” suffers from inconsistent narrative and uneven pacing. Reid no doubt does offer some interesting ideas and her talents are exposed. But the problem is that the film doesn’t have a clear tone what it wants to be and the positive moments are overshadowed by dull writing and really unlikeable characters.
The production design is pretty simple but it helped to create the Australian landscape setting and creepiness. The performances are a mix of good and bad. As I mentioned Snook’s performance was excellent as she was able to capture the emotions of her character but the performances from Lily LaTorre and Damon Herriman while they try their best, it didn’t work as their performances were over or underacted. None of the characters were really investing and some of them really comes off as frustrating and I wish they were given enough depth but unfortunately had no emotionally barring to connect with.
The story provides an interesting concept and scenario but the writing struggles to maintain itself and becomes really bland and predictable. I don’t mind slow pace films as I enjoy art-house and slow pace films if the writing was done well. But here, the pacing ruins much of the films tension as the uneven pacing creates more of a dullness experience rather than feeling of being scared. Australian cinema is no strange to horror films as there are some great ones out there but there are also some really garbage ones as well. Here, it’s not terrible but it just didn’t work for me.