Well made enough for what it is, even if the downbeat tone will put off some
STAR RATING: ***** Saturday Night **** Friday Night *** Friday Morning ** Sunday Night * Monday Morning
Just what I need...another grim, depressing British drama, spread over four parts just to pile it on that little bit more each night. Set in the sprawling, wanton metropolis of East London, this four part TV drama takes an unflinching, uncompromising nosedive in to the world of those it portrays, taking in a council estate mum (Olivia Colman) and her trouble with her murderous, thuggish sons, a recovering drug addict (Lennie James) trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter, and an illegal immigrant Chinese girl (Katie Leung) who gets by trying to flog dodgy DVDs, only to find her family has missed payments to the crime gang that smuggled her in back home, as well as a lap dancer (Jaime Winstone) who comes to know a polish woman who has something of a connection with the man murdered on the estate.
With next to nothing in the way of humour and light, it's the more fundamental stuff that's going to life this above the periphery, in terms of the writing, dialogue and performances, and once again we have another spell binding performance from Olivia Colman, who manages an East London accent very well over her more pronounced real life vocabulary. As probably the most recognizable other stars, James and Winstone also handle the material well, familiar faces in this type of production. Trying to inter connect all these seemingly unrelated stories together, the writers seem to be aiming for a Pulp Fiction style approach. It works nowhere near as well, but all the same, for what it is, Run will impress it's target audience. You just pray they have a sense of humour. ***
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