Gabe returned to his hometown to try to forget his past and his current problems, but it all came back to him when he crossed paths with two kids who were running away from a dangerous situation. Thus, based on his previous experiences with the government, Gabe decides to take matters into his own hands by deciding what’s best for the children. However, at the same time, Gabe wants to once again get to know his former girlfriend, yet all of these factors become increasingly complicated. Will be be able to find his way amidst the turmoil?
Production Quality (1.5 points)
The production quality of Runaway Hearts is uneven is many ways, such as the poor audio quality, which includes background echoes and a sporadic soundtrack that doesn’t usually fit the mood. While video quality and camera work are acceptable, the sets, locations, and props sometimes come off as cheap. Further, the editing is all over the map as some scenes change without warning or explanation and weird fadeouts make for an extremely choppy presentation. However, there is enough overall improvement through the movie to warrant an average score this section, even if there are a handful of negatives.
Plot and Storyline Quality (.5 point)
From the beginning of Runaway Hearts‘ plot, there’s an unusual tone that can’t be easily quantified, but it makes things seem like a joke at times. This is exacerbated by the fact that some dialogue feels like it’s meant to be in a noir or a satire, yet other conversations are actually quite substantial with building themes and characters. In this way, the writers sort of try to craft realistic and imperfect characters, but a lot of the narrative just seems a bit off as some things randomly happen with no clear purpose or reasoning behind them. However, there’s an interesting use of flashbacks in certain moments even though they can be a bit abrupt, and the story overall becomes more interesting as it goes due to clearer character motives. Nonetheless, problems still plague the screenplay, such as unusually staged scenes that feel like a parody is being made, odd inclusions that can’t be ignored or explained, unrealistic legal situations, and a cheesy climax to top things off. Despite the ending that’s designed to magically fix all the issues, Runaway Hearts is still at least a half-idea that explores authentically broken characters, which begs the need for some type of rework.
Acting Quality (1.5 points)
Initially, the acting of this movie is a bit all over the map as it’s sometimes authentic gritty yet lackadaisical and wacky other times. In some instances, the cast members seem like they’re being coached to be overly dramatic and sappy, but in other circumstances, they are more professional. Hence, emotional and line delivery are inconsistent; however, the performances overall tend to improve with time, which leaves this section with an average score.
Films like Runaway Hearts are unfortunately too common on the market and are thus easily forgotten. They don’t offer much that’s particularly special but are also not in the basement of Christian entertainment. The best they can offer is a template for how things can always be improved and how audiences can be better reached. Either way, it’s time for the market to move past pedestrian offerings like this one and to produce more consistently quality creations.
Final Rating: 3.5 out of 10 points