Run Review

What would cause you to run away from your life? That’s the question that posed in HBO’s hotly anticipated series, Run.

Run is the story of Ruby Richardson (Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie) who walks away from her ordinary life in the suburbs when she receives a text from her college boyfriend, Billy Johnson (Domhnall Gleeson, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker). The pair had made a pact seventeen years ago that if either of them texted the word “RUN” and the other replied with the same, they would drop everything and travel across America together and meet at New York’s Grand Central Station, meeting each other on the first train leaving after five o’clock.

It seems pretty simple, but it’s far from it. Both have grown in the 15 years since they’ve seen one another. Billy is a Tony Robbins-esque mind coach and Ruby has a husband and a couple of kids she’s willing to leave behind for this adventure. What hasn’t’ changed though is the pair’s chemistry as soon as they see each other on the train.

Created by Vicky Jones (Fleabag), Run starts out with a strong mystery, and over the course of its seven half-hour episodes, two of which were offered to preview, we come to learn what it is about their lives that have forced both of them, at that point in time, to run.

Wever and Gleeson take centre stage as the trip begins in what can only be described as a two-hander, and both are compelling in their roles to hook you. But it’s their chemistry from their first scene together that really sells this.

A little bit of mystery and a little bit sexy, Run is without a doubt one of the most flawless productions of the year.

Run and book your train ticket for this thrilling ride.

5 Stars.

Run starts on FOX Showcase and Foxtel Now Tonight (Thursday, May 7) at 8:30pm