Sunday, January 29, 2017

Now on Netflix: Run to Me (2016)

Run to Me (2016) - Directed by Philippe Gagnon; Written by Doug Barber, James Phillips; Starring Claire Forlani, Michelle Nolden, Mike Shara.

By Kenny Howell

The Lifetime Network movies that work, at least as much as they can, do so because they know they are a Lifetime Network movie.

That doesn't necessarily mean that they have to crazy over the top or anything, they just need to embrace the formula that works.

Run to Me, much like Swept Under, understands that. It stars Claire Forlani (remember her?) as Alison Wynn, a woman who has overcome a horrible accident to compete in a triathlon. When a race doesn't end well for her, she seeks out the help of a controversial trainer named Dr. Laura Stevens. Stevens' name had been in the news recently because one of her pupils died while training.

But that doesn't stop Alison from seeking her out, and after some convincing, Stevens decides to take her on as a new client. She was only training professional athletes, but she likes Alison's drive and history. The training begins a little questionably as Stevens digs into Alison's past and some tragic memories to motivate her during exercise. The tough technique works for Alison, but Stevens may not be using it for good. Also, questions about her former pupil that passed away start to crop up as well.

Run to Me starts very TV movie-ish with nearly every bit of dialogue a way to cram some not always needed exposition into the plot. But once it settles in, Forlani and Nolden play well off each other, and they both understand their roles and how to play it. It's obviously not going to rack up Emmys for its work, but it definitely hits all the points it needs to hit to please Lifetime Movie Network viewers.

Run to Me is now streaming on Netflix.

Rating: **1/2

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