When childhood friends Anthony and Julian decide to start a detective agency, they couldn’t have picked a worse first customer – a high class escort named Cat. You see Cat holds key evidence to a coverup involving the Russian Mob and a US Senator, and pretty soon they find themselves on the run from a very nasty interrogator/assasin. So a Ménage à trois of two bumbling idiots, a sexy escort and paid assassin form the basis for Cat Run, and it’s a very good premise, for a fun little romp through B-grade territory. However, things start off on very shaky ground.
Just so we’re in no doubt as to what Cat’s chosen profession is, the film kicks off with a massive full frontal orgy that alone would warrant the films R18 rating. But John Stockwell isn’t content with kicking off his film from such low levels, he continues on by making it visually schizophrenic, borrowing all kinds of visual tricks form other films, but rather than homage, this feels more like trying to dazzle the audience so we can;t see what utter crap is passing before our eyes.
But then female assassin and urber torturer, Helen Bingham (Janet McTeer) steps into the film and things start to improve. As a character, Helen Bingham instantly made me thing of Helen Mirren’s role in RED, and for the rest of the film had me wondering just how good a film this could have been if cast differently (and directed better).
Helen Mirren and the two bumbling idiots who charm there way into your heart sometime after the half way mark work well together, almost making amends for the rest of the film. finishing on a slightly high note an elevating Cat Run from a disastrous B-Grade flop to a passable B-Grad action comedy.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read