Run (2018)

Run (2018)


Run is a dramatic thriller following Levi, a young businessman who marries the love of his life, Natalie Winters (Taylor Murphy), a passionate journalist who reports on human trafficking and fights to expose it. On their wedding night, Natalie is kidnapped to be sold into slavery by the very men she’s investigating. When authorities prove to be of little help, Levi goes on the hunt for his wife, chasing clues wherever he can find them, leading him to Jeff Conners (Stephen Baldwin), a merciless crime lord. Will Levi be able to find his wife before she is transported out of the country to be sold? Only with the help of God can Levi and Natalie find the strength and faith to fight the evil that has shattered their lives.

Dove Review

Run is a powerful, compelling movie that shows the harsh realty of sex trafficking and yet, the hope of God’s help with the aid of prayer and the power of His promises. Stephen Baldwin is one of the stars, portraying a pimp named Jeff who will go to any extreme to secure “his girls” from escaping so that he might present them to men who intend to purchase them and ship them to Cuba. Among these girls and women is Natalie (Taylor Murphy), a young woman just married to Levi (Josiah David Warren). On their wedding night at the hotel, she is kidnapped after some traffickers see her profile against sex trafficking on her TV news report, and they decide to teach her a lesson

The harsh reality of this all-too-real problem is also portrayed in another story, that of a young girl named Emily who is contacted by a young man named Ben with the plan to meet her at an ice cream shop and kidnap her to ship her to Cuba as well. The young girl’s parents are wracked with worry when Ben and a young accomplice whisk Emily away in a van.

The horrors of what the girls and women go through, and even that of some young boys, are realistically and dramatically portrayed in this film. Yet the perseverance that both Natalie and Levi show, and Levi’s grandmother and brother, as they continually cry out for God’s intervention, is amazing. Natalie even witnesses for Christ to her captors. Due to this positive and spiritual aspect, despite some forced drug use on innocent people and a few scenes of violence, we are awarding this faith-friendly film our Dove-Approved Seal for Ages 12+. None of the scenes are gratuitous, and the satisfying conclusion of this movie offers hope; Levi’s constant search for his wife is typical of God reaching out to those who need His help.

The Dove Take

Run is a timely film with an important message—that sex trafficking exists and must be stopped at all costs. And spiritual help is needed—and available, to those in the battle to help fight this serious problem.

Content Description

Faith: A few Christians quote scriptures and pray and rely on God to save their loved ones from sex traffickers.
Integrity: A few Christians want to do the right thing and even witness to their enemies.
Sex: Girls are kidnapped for sex trafficking; a prostitute gets into a truck with a truck driver; a prostitute propositions a married man, who refuses her advances.
Language: None
Violence: Pimps and their goons slap a few women around and punch them in the face and stomach; a girl is slapped; girls are forcibly removed from their lives and made to go where the sex traffickers wish; a woman cuts her hand on a glass; a man is shot, and blood is seen dripping from his mouth, but it is not gratuitous.
Drugs: Champagne is seen; a couple drinks following a toast on their wedding day; a man drinks a beer; shots of alcohol are forcibly given to a few girls to make them sleep; a few drugged drinks are given to a girl; a girl takes pills of some kind; the smoking of cigarettes in a few scenes.
Nudity: A girl is seen in shorts; a woman wears a short skirt.
Other: Tension between a few characters; women and a young girl are held against their will; a group of young people including young boys are held by sex traffickers.


Company: Strong Foundation Films
Writer: Sun Hui East
Producer: Sun Hui East
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 91 min.
Reviewer: Ed C.