In “Run Sweetheart Run,” director Shana Feste zigs when you expect the story to zag. Pilou Asbæk, as the angel-turned-demon Ethan, lays the charm on thick with an unexpected performance. Cherie (Ella Balinska), a young law student, wants desperately to prove herself to her boss. She’s given the opportunity to meet a client named Ethan over a lavish dinner, and the pressure is on. Ethan is good-looking, the conversation flows naturally, and nothing appears to be amiss until later on, when he asks Cherie to come into his home for a nightcap. Cherie reluctantly accepts the invitation, knowing exactly what is at stake. Then, the switch happens. Ethan’s true nature comes to light in one of the film’s most upsetting moments, as he breaks the fourth wall and stops the audience from entering his house. Cherie’s screams fill the night air and then, disheveled and bloody, she dashes into the street.
Asbæk goes totally unhinged. Ethan boasts an insatiable thirst for blood and can sniff out a scent from miles away. Adding insult to injury, he’s able to take on the form of anyone he wishes. He’s certainly a formidable foe, a representation of the patriarchy, a slimy, venomous snake hellbent on destruction and keeping men in power. Instead of fulfilling his original duty (keeping the peace on Earth), he lets the worst of human nature ooze out, resulting in chaos and more bloodshed. The scary thing is: he could be literally anyone.
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Author: Bee Delores
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January 20, 2023