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An unexpected surprise
on March 3, 2012
It's always fun to go into a film without any expectations and come out feeling that one has run into an an unexpected gem. Maybe you rented/bought the film just because it was available. Maybe you like Melissa Leo (or any of the other actors) and decided to give it a try just because she was in it. Runaways is a moody, compelling film. You assume you know where the film is going, and admire its subtlety and restraint, although you begin to question some of the choices the main character has made and wonder if this is an underlying weakness in the writing. Then, as the film draws to its conclusion, you realize that all may not be what it seems, and by the end of the film you realize that the writer knew exactly what he was doing. The questions left at the end of the film, its very ambiguity, are what makes this film so absorbing. The relatively short running time (abut 80 minutes) also is a big plus; if the film had been much longer it probably would have upset the delicate balance it had sustained.