Directed By: Jason Hoover
Edited By: Jason Hoover & Brian Williams
The first line in the press kit for "Run" boasts "this film is like no other", and, in this case, it's true! No stranger to novel ideas (the "Collective" series of like themed short films started, and revived, quite a few indie film careers) JABB Pictures honcho Jason Hoover, along with Mostly Harmless' Brian Williams (who also stars) traveled more than 2500 miles shooting footage for "Run", then each armed with the exact same images, the individual film makers did their own unique edit. The end result is a strange dichotomy where, while both films certainly stand apart, they simply must be viewed together as a whole, to fully appreciate the effort that went into this project. I honestly didn't "get it" until I had screened both edits.
Williams (who also starred in the brilliant "Headless") plays a man on a mission. Dumped by his cheating girl, he's left with nothing but the clothes on his back, a can full of loose change, and his car--all of which happens to be exactly what he needs to start his cross-country quest for vengeance and closure. What follows is a sort of "Fodor's Guide To Spree Killing", as Brian commits a few "practice murders" (including a particularly annoying hitch-hiker) to warm up for the big show at the end.
The Mostly Harmless (which the filmmakers suggest be viewed first) cut plays as an arty, morose, depressing, "road flick", with a non-linear narrative undercut with flashback sequences that serve to fill in the blanks of the protagonist's journey. The JABB edit is unadulterated "horror", a straight line march to the inevitable, and is satisfying for reasons profoundly different than the first cut. Both Hoover and Williams show all of the chops and talents that are evident in their previous films, and also display growth as genre directors, respect is earned, and these guys deserve it for tackling such daunting endeavor.
With breath taking scenery, and a moody, emotional performance by Williams (with mostly improvised dialogue), "Run" is an interesting lesson in contrasts, in not just the process of filmmaking, but also the art of direction and editing, it manages to offer different looks of two films that, while very similar, are quite conflicting in terms of tone and feel. Saying that "Run" is ambitious would be a criminal understatement.