Runaway

Runaway

Director: Tim McCann

Cast: Aaron Stanford, Robin Tunney, Peter Gerety

     
 
Michael (Aaron Stanford) arrives in a rural town, rents a motel room, and gets a job at the local gas station working for Mo (Peter Gerety), alongside the rambunctious Carly (Robin Tunney). Both Mo and Carly take an interest in Michael's life, and Carly is romantically attracted to him, but Michael's privacy is very important to him, because he has a dark secret. He's

Overview

Michael (Aaron Stanford) arrives in a rural town, rents a motel room, and gets a job at the local gas station working for Mo (Peter Gerety), alongside the rambunctious Carly (Robin Tunney). Both Mo and Carly take an interest in Michael's life, and Carly is romantically attracted to him, but Michael's privacy is very important to him, because he has a dark secret. He's run to this small town from an unhappy, traumatic family life, and is forced to earn a living while secretly caring for his little brother, Dylan (Zack Savage). Despite Dylan's constant complaining, Michael rarely lets him leave the motel, because Michael knows that if the authorities find them, they'll be sent back home, or worse. In flashbacks, we see Michael talk to a therapist, Dr. Maxim (Terry Kinney), about his tormented relationship with his parents, Lisa (Melissa Leo) and Jesse (Michael Gaston). Michael blames his father's abuse for his inability to function, and when he saw signs that his father planned to abuse Dylan in the same way, he felt that he had no choice but to take drastic action. As Michael begins to confide in Carly, who has also suffered in an abusive relationship, we gradually learn just how bad things got back home before he ran. Runaway was directed by Tim McCann (Revolution #9) from an original script by Bill True. The film had its world premiere at the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
Runaway is another one of those twisty little modestly budgeted psychological thrillers that it's difficult to write about without revealing too much. Plot aside, it's a gritty, downbeat, and well-made film that gets a lot of mileage from its dingy locations and convincing performances. Director Tim McCann is, after Desolation Angels, Revolution #9, and Nowhere Man, perfectly adept at creating the dark, brooding tone of the film. The claustrophobic interiors, askew camera angles, and Aaron Stanford's sharp, anguished performance prepare us for the temporal and logical turns in Bill True's script. But those turns could hardly be called unexpected. For all of the film's welcome specificity with regard to location and character (aided by uniformly strong turns by Stanford, Robin Tunney, and Peter Gerety) and its blessed economy (as indicated by the terse 80-minute running time), it still fits a bit too neatly into its genre. It's not the fault of the director or the screenwriter, but perhaps we've become a bit too acclimated to depictions of this sort of interior reality of a mentally unstable character. We see the bad news coming a mile off. Runaway is, nevertheless, compelling viewing.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/08/2009
UPC:
0741952674696
Original Release:
2005
Source:
Koch Vision
Time:
1:19:00

Special Features

Audio Commentary with Aaron Stanford, Robin Tunny and Director Tim McCann; ; Making-of Featurette with Cast and Crew; Interview with Screenwriter Bill True; Photo Gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Aaron Stanford Michael Adler
Robin Tunney Carly
Peter Gerety Mo
Michael Gaston Jesse Adler
Melissa Leo Lisa Adler
Zack Savage Dylan Adler
Terry Kinney Dr. Maxim

Technical Credits
Tim McCann Director,Producer
Robb Badlam Co-producer
Frank Barerra Cinematographer
Lisa Barnable Editor
Eve Battaglia Casting
Debi Blandino Co-producer
Bernie DeLeo Co-producer
Teresa Duncan Costumes/Costume Designer
Bob Gosse Producer
Laura Hyman Production Designer
Susan Jacobs Musical Direction/Supervision
Alan Klingenstein Executive Producer
Jim Kohlberg Executive Producer
Robert Miller Score Composer
Nicholas Renbeck Sound/Sound Designer
Ashley Smith Art Director
Aaron Stanford Producer
Bill True Co-producer,Screenwriter
David Viola Producer
Dara Wishingrad Art Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Runaway
1. I Loved Him [4:50]
2. Taking Control [8:36]
3. Graveyard Shift [8:43]
4. The Monster Game [5:51]
5. Curious [5:28]
6. Sleep When You're Dead [8:01]
7. Forgetting Dylan [9:04]
8. You Hate Me [6:51]
9. I Remember Everything [5:31]
10. Lost [9:52]
11. One More Favor [3:45]
12. Credits [2:24]

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