See How They Run

See How They Run

In the West End of 1950s London, plans for a movie version of a smash-hit play come to an abrupt halt after a pivotal member of the crew is murdered. When world-weary Inspector Stoppard and eager rookie Constable Stalker take on the case, the two find themselves thrown into a puzzling whodunit within the glamorously sordid theater underground, investigating the mysterious homicide at their own peril.

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  • Runtime: 120 minutes
  • Genre: Comedy, Crime, Mystery
  • Stars: Sam Rockwell, Saoirse Ronan, Adrien Brody, Ruth Wilson, Reece Shearsmith, Harris Dickinson, Charlie Cooper, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Pearl Chanda, Sian Clifford, Jacob Fortune-Lloyd, David Oyelowo, Shirley Henderson, Paul Chahidi, Lucian Msamati, Angus Wright, Tim Key
  • Director: Tom George
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  • benjaminwest-242 - 12 January 2023
    A whodunnit for whodunnit fanatics
    See How They Run is a suitable mystery-comedy, ultimately delivering a pleasantly entertaining watch. There is a wonderful whodunnit style attributable to each shot, from the film's set design and score to the storytelling that utilizes all the classic editing tricks. Highlighting the film, though, are the central leads in Rockwell and Ronan. Their respective characters share a great chemistry and dynamic, that while introducing nothing new to the detective genre, is executed rather well. This allows for the subtle comedy to often work, delivering the perfect amount of laughs to accompany the more laid-back murder mystery. Unfortunately, the screenplay makes for a more mediocre watch than the story's potential. While much of the dialogue nicely contributes to both the film's central investigation and its humor, there are several moments that toe the line between edgy and annoying. More disappointingly, however, is how the third act plays out. What happens is all considered satisfying enough, yet far from producing a resolution that ties everything together with a bow. After a very solid first hour, therefore, the audience is left with a decently bitter taste in its mouth upon watching the final act. Many subplots are left as complete red herrings, in addition to a lacking character development for even the aforementioned central roles. Altogether, See How They Run is worthy of a watch to only the biggest fans of the whodunnit genre.
  • mrglenngrant - 12 January 2023
    Witty whodunnit.
    Saw the trailer for this at the cinema and really fancied it ... then read a bit about it and decided, nah ... then it came on Disney+ and P and I thought we'd give it a go. Turns out it's a pretty good little period whodunnit with plenty of laughs along the way.

    The very best thing about the movie though is the chemistry with the two leads. Ronan and Rockwell are tremendous together and I'd absolutely love a follow up to this film.

    The humour in the film is great. It's at times subtle, slapstick, ckever, cheesy ... but plenty of laugh out loud moments.

    I'm a bit of a Sam Rockwell fanboy. I've really liked him in every film I've seen him in and he knocks it out the park in this one too. Ronan plays her part brilliantly as well.

    The actual whodunnit of the story is not that big a deal - it's not like Knives Out level - but still pretty good.

    77/100.
  • YeahIMonTV - 9 January 2023
    Creative, Funny and a Delight!
    I went into this movie without seeing the movie trailer, since those typically ruin the plot and reveal too much. I was pleasantly surprised and rather enjoyed this time-travel whodunit centered in London during the heigh of Agatha Christie's career. The story is clever, witty dialogue, beautiful cinematography, periodic appropriate costumes and sets straight out of a museum! I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a unique and clever movie to break the monotony of the boring, rehashed plots and heavily CGI'd movies. I honestly want to watch it again now that I know the plot ending:) I would love to see another film from this group of talented cast and crew! Nicely done!!!!
  • newkid-07095 - 7 January 2023
    Sheesh
    Plz don't watch. Sucked. Was boring from beginning to 30 minutes in where I had to cut it off because it was boring. My Wife wanted to watch it so I said okay and I expected it to be pretty good but this movie is just terrible. I wanted to like it but it's hard. I'd rather be watching Pat McAffee talk about some FOOTBALL but I decided to not play video games with my boiz tonight so I could spend quality time with my wife. My cat peed on the couch this morning so our regular seating arrangements are screwed. So maybe that's why I'm really disliking this movie. Either way I will highly not recommend this movie to anyone wanting to watch a movie.
  • normaxjean-23753 - 7 January 2023
    Suffering From Its Script In A Twist of Irony
    Despite being a fan of both leads, this movie was just missing something. It's not necessarily a bad film, but I also don't think you're missing anything memorable in the event that you miss it.

    It's not especially funny, it's not especially suspenseful, and maybe its biggest crime - I wasn't left wondering "whodunnit?" as much as you'd hope throughout a whodunnit movie.

    It also probably doesn't help that this film comes out a couple of years after Knives Out, a far superior murder mystery in almost every way.

    On a positive note, I am a fan of the short run time, coming in at just over an hour and a half.
  • krpdimitra - 7 January 2023
    Entertaining, therefore successfull
    Sam and Saoirse made an amusing duo in this very much enjoyable movie. Suspense spattered with subtle comedy in a rather interesting crime mystery that makes you question pretty much everyone in the room, which is what it takes for a crime mystery to be considered good. It's not Hitchcock but it's not disney either. There is tension but it doesn't have you doubting whether the ending will serve to satisfy you. The cast is good, with Sam and Saoirse jumping out and delivering a charming pair of partners. All in all I think this unique movie is a perfect choice for a fun evening without any of the same old movie norms.
  • garethcrook - 6 January 2023
    A whodunnit about a whodunnit!
    A whodunnit about a whodunnit, with a wonderful cast in a super slick production. See How They Run is a fast paced period piece set around Agatha Christie's West End hit The Mousetrap. Adrien Brody is our guide setting the scene as the director Leo Kopernick who's been hired to adapt the play for the screen. He's American and generally scathing of the play and its cast. Let's just say he's not popular and before long the police are on the scene. I said the cast were wonderful, Inspector Stoppard (Sam Rockwell) and Constable Stalker (Saoirse Ronan) are a brilliant double act and we hit the laughter quota inside the fifteen minutes. Ronan in particular is pure gold as the over enthusiastic newbie copper, but together with Rockwell, the duo do the heavy lifting. It's not just a comedy though, this is a crafted crime caper! So, we've got a real murder on the set of The Mousetrap with its cast and crew as suspects. But whodunnit? The producer (Reece Shearsmith), the playwright (David Oyelowo), the star Richard Attenborough (Harris Dickinson) who I've not seen before, but who's equally as wonderful. There's a lot of plates spinning. We're not stuck in the theatre though. Oh no, this has got legs. With Stoppard and Stalker running around 50s London butting heads with the Police Commissioner (Tim Key), recounting fights at The Savoy and following the trail through the suspects lives and events that lead us to this point. The dialogue is whip smart, zingy with arch comments poking fun at the genre and each other. It's designed delightfully to draw you in, to make you feel good, make you feel like you know where it's headed. It looks beautiful too. A hyper real but authentic world in which Stoppard and Stalker duck an dive until a suitably explosive finale. I could tell you more, but I've been sworn to secrecy.
  • dalek69 - 4 January 2023
    what a wonderful film!
    As a (almost) lifelong A C & detective/whodunnit tv/film fan (i ve seen The Mousetrap!) , I absolutely loved this film. It's funny,, tongue in cheek, clever, it has great performances (on top form, Rockwell and Ronan are superb) It has a good whodunnit too, it references AC a lot and has a quirky version of the Dame herself in it , Soairse Ronan does subtle comedy well too. It has a lot of red herrings and deals witth all the cliches of the genre in a fun way.

    It is fun to see the classic A C Play recreated partially here in the film. Fond memories. And it reminds me of the humour in a Peter Ustinov A C film adaptation, only this has even more humour.

    It even has a easter egg of a famouds AC adaptation for television and it''s not a person but a location.....

    Yes, a very fine film indeed. Carry on, old man! (or, woman)

    Hats off to all involved in the making of this film.
  • snd-18644 - 2 January 2023
    A muddled whodunit
    Whodunits are done to death and continued to be so. See how they run is no exception. The taking appears commonplace with the dead guy narrating the story and a lethargic detective assisted by a bumbling, over enthusiastic yet a sincere assistant driving the narrative. While Sam Rockwell trying to imitate a Scotland yard's detective is laughable (though I have high respect for him as an actor), it is Ms Ronan who actually provides some laughs in an otherwise muddled production. And like a textbook ending the least suspected character turning out be the killer for hard to believe reasons only adds to the murky narrative. I had high hopes seeing Rockwell, Brody et al in the lineup but at end of it I was disappointed.
  • Paragon240 - 2 January 2023
    See How They Run meddles through its runtime in mediocrity until the final 20 minutes (which are fantastic!). Not horrible overall, but not worth a repeat.
    See How They Run lagged along for about the first hour of the movie but really picked up and entertained in the final act. Saoirse Ronan's performance brought some charm to a fairly bland film. There were hidden jokes and puns throughout that, if caught, would give you a chuckle, but overall this campy whodunit failed to amuse. While the majority of the film was disappointing, the film's climax and resolution delighted with funny drama, meta plot twists, and even a breaking of the fourth wall. I would have loved it if the rest of the movie had been as good as the ending. But it made me endure the slow first hour and fifteen minutes before I was rewarded with its clever wrap-up. I can't recommend it, but I can't say it's terrible.
  • unfilteredt - 29 December 2022
    Fun watch!
    A self aware whodunnit with tongue in both cheeks. Great cast that is exemplary to say the least. Sam Rockwell and Saoirse Ronan have amazing chemistry and distract the audience well enough to hide the real killer who is, well, hiding in plain sight. Music is brilliant! A lovely score that fits very well and I would expect nothing less from Daniel Pemberton who's had me hooked to his music since quite some time now (Guy Ritchie's King Arthur and The Man From U. N. C. L. E, and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse). Cinematography is top notch. I particularly liked a shot towards the end when a hand is slowly creeping into frame and that's the most I can say about that without spoiling anything. I love it when the camera is used to add humour. Set design and costume is authentic as far as I can tell, but admittedly I'm not an expert. I loved the cars they used and it's these small details that make a film memorable.

    This was a really fun watch and I wish I'd caught it in the cinema but had to watch it on Disney+. And as with most movies of this genre once the magic trick is revealed you feel a bit underwhelmed. But the journey of how they got there is fun and the way the climax plays out was really interesting. Of course, the whodunnit I'm really waiting for this year is Rian Johnson's Glass Onion and I'm hoping it has a wide cinema release.
  • bonbonenata - 27 December 2022
    Wes Anderson meets Agatha Christie
    I'd describe the movie as a light parody of the classic whodunnit (similar to what Scream is to horror). The movie however is trying too hard to be quirky.

    Saoirse Ronan performance is outstanding but her character is inconsistent throughout the movie. The cinematography appears to be strongly inspired from Wes Anderson and is quite nice.

    It reminds of "Knives Out" in the sense that both movies pay homage to the whodunnit genre but Knives is a much better take on it. I'd recommend "See How They Run" if you a fan of the genre, especially if you're a fan of Agatha Christie and/or you want to watch a comedy that's actually intended for adults.
  • artabuneta - 27 December 2022
    As stupid as it gets
    Fails on all levels. As a whodunnit, it's ridiculous. As a comedy, it's not funny at all. There's no wit in evidence, no repartee. The pairing of the world-weary, cynical inspector with the overly enthusiastic, inexperienced rookie (a WPC, no less), which has worked numerous times before, never gets off the ground.

    The characters hardly deserve the name; they're two-dimensional cardboard cut-outs at best.

    Inclusion is taken to extremes, Sir Max Mallowan, Agatha Christie's husband, is played by a Black actor.

    The denouement is disappointing, implausibility and far-fetched.

    Production values are excellent.
  • chand-suhas - 26 December 2022
    "You've seen one, you've seen them all."
    As the character in the movie say, it's yet another whodunit story. Playing like a spoof of sorts, this comedy murder mystery really delivers. Agatha Christie's story The Mousetrap which is based on a real event has turned out to be a hit play with 100 shows. As the attempts are made to turning the play into a movie, the director gets killed and the crew become the suspects in the case handled by an inspector teaming up with an inexperienced constable. How do they find the anonymous killer among all the suspects forms the story.

    The humour is definitely first rate and most succeed in getting out a chuckle. Even when the story tends to drag on, the proceedings especially how the final act comes full circle with the narrative of play's on screen adaptation, earns brownie points. The performances and the 1950s setting is added advantage for this murder mystery. Though the killer's reveal is generic, the comedy scenes and the frequent jumping into conclusions works as nice diversions to hold onto the mystery.