Movie Review: ‘Watch Them Run’ Keeps You Guessing, But Doesn’t Break New Grounds

Movie Review: 'Watch Them Run' Keeps You Guessing, But Doesn't Break New Grounds

Director: Tom George

Writer: brand chappell

Stars: Sam Rockwell Saoirse Ronan Adrien Brody

Synopsis: In London’s West End of the 1950s, plans for a film seesThe vision of a blockbuster stage play comes to an abrupt halt after a critical member of the team is killed.

Referencing the queen of the genre in your whodunit is a bold move. Giving some kind criticism to his longest play is only advisable if your crime novel is really something new and different. As director Tom George and his players try, See how they work it is not a spectacular masterpiece of the craft. However, it is an ingenious farce.

Writer Mark Chappell’s script is very clever. It crackles with amazing puns, one-liners, asides, and jokes. There are layers of depth to each character and a captivating plot. There are times that he gives a red herring where there doesn’t need to be one, like the idea that while Stoppard (Sam Rockwell) and Stalker (Saoirse Ronan) are chasing their killer, there’s a serial killer on the loose. Even red herrings for that matter can be explained too easily, so when they reappear, it’s a bit like rolling your eyes. But the script especially sings when it introduces the relationship between Stoppard and Stalker.

That’s due in no small part to the unparalleled talents of Saoirse Ronan and Sam Rockwell. Ronan especially has an incredible command of time in her scenes. She imbues Stalker with a wide-eyed, but not completely naive, presence and a willingness to jump into a situation despite not being entirely sure of the outcome. It’s a huge compliment to Rockwell’s world-weary detective who’s very good at what he does, but can’t bear to live with it any longer. Rockwell’s accent weaves in and out, but his grace of movement in his character’s intoxication is superb and charming.

that’s really what See how they work it is. It’s a lovely movie. Director Tom George and editors Gary Dollner and Peter Lambert even create some intriguing split-screen action. They use this to move a part of the story forward, to show two sides of the same conversation, or to show simultaneous action that can overlap if it’s a similar situation. It’s a great technique to employ in a film like this.

Jamie Ramsay’s cinematography is also top notch. he em

uses a lot of different tricks to keep us guessing, like high angles, car shots, and a bit of tilt shift for the car scenes. However, one of the best shots is one of the simplest. Because it’s late in the movie, the plot points discussed will be limited. The shot is a median of two people on a sofa. One person is distracting the other so another member of the group can sneak up and take that person’s gun. As the two people talk, a hand slowly emerges from the left screen. It doesn’t stop or slow down, but instead goes on agonizingly. It’s a terribly funny scene and a brilliant use of space within the frame.

It is difficult to achieve a great detective novel. Weather See how they work It doesn’t quite accomplish this, it is at least a very fun whodunit that also plays with the form style and adds elements to keep it interesting as the investigators try to solve the case. See how they work doesn’t have the bite or beautifully complicated nature of a knives outbut it certainly will until the next installment in that series arrives.

Grade B

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