Cat RunApril 1, 2011
When a sexy, high-end escort holds the key evidence to a scandalous government cover-up, two bumbling young detectives become her unlikely protectors from a ruthless assassin hired to silence her.
Release Year: 2011
Rating: 5.1/10 (1,360 voted)
Critic's Score: 33/100
Stars: Paz Vega, Janet McTeer, Christopher McDonald
The Andorran hooker and single mother Catalina "Cat" Rona is hired to participate in an orgy in Montenegro with other escorts and powerful men and the American Senator William Krebb. Something goes wrong with the politician and all the girls are murdered by the security of the host to avoid witnesses. However Cat escapes and brings a hard-drive with classified information with her. There is a manhunt for Cat and the cruel assassin Helen Bingham is hired to retrieve the HD and kill Cat. Meanwhile the Americans Julian Simms and Anthony Hester decide to open a detective agency to raise money. When they see on the newspaper that Cat is being chased, they decide to seek her out expecting to receive a reward. However, they cross the path of Helen and they end protecting Cat from the killer. When Helen is betrayed by those who had hired her, she decides to help Anthony, Julian and Cat to retrieve the HD and their freedom.
Writers: Nick Ball, John Niven
Caleb Vela Poquet
CATch her if you can.
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Release Date: 1 April 2011
Filming Locations: PFI Studios, Belgrade, Serbia
Humorous and slightly entertaining, but lacking overall.
There are times when you say to yourself that you want to watch a
movie, but you're feeling a little more adventurous than usual. Maybe
you feel like watching that low budget horror flick that nobody has
ever heard of or would rather see that independent thriller starring
that one guy you liked in that other film instead of a big budget
Hollywood movie. Sometimes seeing a film that is stripped of all the
bells and whistles that most Hollywood blockbusters have reminds you of
what a well written, well directed, or well acted film can actually be.
That was my initial mindset with Cat Run. I had never even heard of the
film until last week when I checked out the restricted trailer (which
does contain adult content) for the film. While the film may be
intriguing on the surface, the final verdict is that the film is
lacking the depth of the films it may remind you of but may still be
worth a look if you're a fan of R-rated action comedies.
Cat Run did a fairly good job of juggling being both humorous and
practically making you feel squeamish from the brutal violence shown on
screen. Most of the humor in the film is aimed towards the male
perspective, so you'll probably find something in there worth laughing
at at some point. Julian (Alphonso McAuley) is also the comic relief of
the film and he does have his moments that'll make you laugh out loud.
Meanwhile Helen Bingham (Janet McTeer) is one of the coolest assassins
to be introduced in a film in quite some time. She's English and is all
about being polite and minding manners, but is also incredibly
ruthless. The various different types of torture she applies to others
just to receive information is a bit shocking at first. Her scene with
Ryder (Radik Golovkov) illustrates this point quite well. There are
some pretty graphic headshots in this, severed limbs, and just a bucket
or two of blood along the way. Cat Run can best be described as the
lovechild of Smokin' Aces and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.
On the other hand though, Cat Run does have a lot of things working
against it. The main one being that it feels like there is entirely too
much going on in the film. As soon as the film starts, we're introduced
to what feels like a good dozen characters. And while the film may be
reminiscent of Smokin' Aces and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, it's not as good
as either film. It's missing that standout performance, incredible
ending, and/or dialogue witty enough to actually remember after you
leave the theater. The editing style was also fairly annoying. The
screen was split off into two and sometimes three different sections
similar to what was done regularly on 24, but it seemed to serve no
purpose whatsoever in Cat Run. When they all go to Helen's house to
decide their next move, it's like the cameraman decided to wait outside
and film the scene through the window while it was closed. It was
probably an attempt to try something different, but it just didn't work
and lasted a bit too long. Speaking of Helen, most characters in the
film other than her are rather flat and boring. They're either not
around long enough to make a lasting impression or just aren't fleshed
out properly. D.L. Hughley is an ex-marine that is missing an arm and
both of his legs and other than still being perfectly capable of doing
things on his own; we don't get to spend enough time with him to care
about what happens to his character. There are all these characters in
Cat Run that have an interesting characteristic or two, but there's no
depth to them and they wind up feeling one dimensional.
Cat Run is still a fun action comedy in a brainless, popcorn
entertainment kind of sense, but it'll have the same effect that
Battle: Los Angeles did; it's just going to make you want to go home
and re-watch the films it reminds you of. Cat Run has a few jokes
that'll make you snicker, but also contains a bit more gore than you're
probably expecting. Not to mention it wastes little time getting to
T&A. I mention that as a supporter of both blood and nudity in film.
Its one dimensional characters and hyperactive storyline hurt the film
more than anything else. Fans of action films will be in an explosive,
breast-heavy, bullet-ridden heaven, while fans of well-developed story
lines and well thought-out characters will probably walk away