I like that Amy Smart was cast in the role because often we don't see attractive, eloquent women portrayed as "victims" of abuse. I like that Run For Your Life shows a successful, award-winning journalist wondering how she got to be a "battered wife" because there is so much shame and embarrassment for women who are abused, particularly women of high stature, because no one thinks it is supposed to happen to THEM. Strong women with good jobs aren't supposed to fall "victim" to abuse and that is such a dangerous stereotype because it can happen to anyone and it is never the abused person's fault and there should never be blame or shame.
If it hadn't been for this strong message and the fact that the ending had me bawling, I probably would have given this movie a 7. While I'm a big fan of Amy Smart, I felt like she was a bit too blasé at times about her predicament. I also felt like the opening, where her character is told of her two choices, to either kill her ex or disappear, was a bit cheesy. And it shouldn't have been since this was based off of something that really happened and this is the premise of the whole film.
I'm going to try to find the book that inspired the film so I can know more of the whole story, as the script left me wanting more details.
Kudos to Lifetime for being brave enough to air Run for Your Life during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This story is so relevant, particularly with the recent Ray Rice scandal.