Movie review | ‘See How They Run’, a fun but uneven thriller – Times-Standard

By | September 22, 2022

“It is a thriller. You’ve got seen one, you have seen all of them.

Adrien Brody’s Leo Köpernick says so in his narration that opens “See How They Run,” an usually meta and self-aware whodunnit in a thriller certain for theaters this week.

He is perhaps proper, however that does not imply “See How They Run” has nothing to supply.

Sadly, nevertheless, its biggest energy is its table-setting prologue by which Leo – a Hollywood director employed to make a big-screen adaptation of thriller author Agatha Christie’s ‘The Mousetrap’, already a long-running play dated to Nineteen Fifties London and nonetheless working at the moment — units forth the conventions of the style. He finds all of it disappointing.

“However what do I do know?” he says. “The Limeys swallow it.”

The prologue, as Leo suggests to everybody within the style, ends with a homicide: his personal – a reality we would not have revealed if the movie’s trailer hadn’t been so cheerfully performed.

Who may have needed Leo lifeless? There isn’t any scarcity of suspects, beginning with the movie’s screenwriter, Mervyn Cocker-Norris (David Oyelowo), who creatively confronted him.

Or may it have been movie producer John Woolf (Reece Shearsmith, “Excessive-Rise”)? Famously, the rights holder of a “Mousetrap” adaptation cannot make a film till six months after the play closes. Might a behind-the-scenes homicide result in a ultimate curtain-raiser?

That is simply the tip of the iceberg of individuals of curiosity to Scotland Yard detectives on the case, Sam Rockwell’s grizzled and cynical Inspector Stoppard and the enthusiastic however inexperienced Constable Stalker (Saoirse Ronan). Different key gamers embrace actor Richard “Dickie” Attenborough (Harris Dickinson, “The place the Crawdads Sing”), who, like Woolf, is predicated on an actual individual; Dickie’s spouse, Sheila Sim (Pearl Chanda, “I Could Destroy You”), who, like him, is a forged member of “The Mousetrap”; Dennis (Charlie Cooper, “This Nation”), a very tall usher who’s by no means removed from the motion; and Petula “Choo” Spencer (Ruth Wilson, “His Darkish Supplies”), who’s directing the theatrical manufacturing.

A director and a writer??
A director and screenwriter – performed by Adrien Brody, left, and David Oyelowo, respectively – disagree over inventive decisions for an adaptation of ‘The Mousetrap’ in ‘See How They Run’. (Photograph by Parisa Taghizadeh/Courtesy twentieth Century Studios)

Extra characters can be launched later within the story, because the twists take the characters who’ve survived up to now to a exceptional nation property on a sensationally snowy evening.

Written, kind of adequately, by Mark Chappell (“Flaked”) and directed by Tom George (“This Nation”) – making his directorial debut and utilizing simply the correct amount of digital camera motion to maintain issues alive – “See How They Run” tries to get a lot of its crackle from the mismatched pair of Stoppard and Stalker. Nonetheless, whereas Ronan provides it his all, the bright-eyed, impatient Stalker – she’s liable to leaping to conclusions , able to arrest somebody for the homicide on the slightest trace of guilt — is not actually what the gifted “Girl Hen” and “Little Girls” star does finest. And Rockwell, who may be fairly good at some roles (“Vice,” “Jojo Rabbit,” “Richard Jewell”), does not really feel invested on this one in any respect. It is a barely sleepy efficiency.

However, Oyelowo (“Selma”, “Queen of Katwe”) is sweet at the whole lot, so it is probably not shocking that he provides one thing to this menagerie.

The star, nevertheless, is Brody (“Midnight in Paris,” “The French Dispatch”), so it is regarding when, you already know, his character dies so early within the proceedings. Fortunately, we get an inexpensive serving to of the feather-ruffling Köpernick by flashbacks that fill in a number of the grey areas of this thriller.

Bear in mind that fixing it by yourself can be tough, disappointing, as you doubtless will not have all the data you want till a late-game reveal. On the plus aspect, different disclosures alongside the best way assist you keep invested within the case.

Filmed throughout the pandemic shutdown in theaters and lodges throughout the West Finish throughout the pandemic shutdown, when fantasy areas would doubtless not be obtainable in any other case, ‘See How They Run’ is a wonderfully gratifying pastime however little extra.

On the finish of the more and more bloody day, he is unlikely to have the ability of ‘The Mousetrap’ – will this factor EVER shut down for good? — and its well-known secret twist ending.

That stated, it is perhaps the closest factor you may get to a film adaptation of this one for some time.

“See How They Run” is rated PG-13 for some violent/gory imagery and a sexual reference. Length: 1h38.