The Runners (2020)

This movie is the nightmare of every parent. Or older brother, as the case may be. After losing their parents in a car accident, Ryan is raising Zoe, who has suddenly entered that rebellious stage of the teen years. That’s all well and good, but in the kind of twist that would inform a Trump rally horror speech, that cute boy she’s sneaking around with ends up selling her into white slavery. Ed Wood is grinning in his grave at this development.

Ryan has to find her before she’s taken into Mexico and lost. But who will protect him when the gang catches him and begins a night of torture?

I feel like nearly every movie I watch in 2020 will have Tom Sizemore in it as a cop or a preacher. I’m looking forward to the buddy movie with he and Eric Roberts as cop ministers. Man, I should have written that script because now that I’ve said it, I’ve basically brought it into existence.

This was co-directed by Joey Loomis and Micah Lyons, who also wrote and stars in the film. It has one of the most astounding fight scenes I’ve seen all year, one in which a brutal battle takes a quick turn when the bad guy does a kip up in the midst of beating the hero into a pulp. These things never happen in reality.

The Runners is available as of July 14 on demand and on DVD from Uncork’d Entertainment, who were nice enough to send us a review copy.

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