• Charlie Vogelsang

Run It Up (2020) Review

A desperate mother is willing to do anything for her son - even if that means robbing a bank. Run It Up is a gangster film that shows crime doesn't always pay.

Yung Cat is known to many as a talented songwriter and rapper, but he’s been slowly building up his reputation as an independent director. Run It Up is a gangster drama that follows a young mother named Diamond, played by Red Diamond, who struggles to support her son with a minimum wage job.

In order to give her son Tyriek, played by Rikko Bandz, the life she feels he deserves - and get child protective services off her back - she plans a heist with her co-workers. After they decide to rob a bank, though, they soon learn that being rich isn’t everything - and that crime never pays.

Yung Cat is an incredibly ambitious director with some stunning aerial and establishing shots that really set up the location of Kansas City. The scenes with Diamond and her family are relatable as you can sense how much they care for each other. Unfortunately, the problems with the movie come with the smaller details.

Run It Up is Yung Cat’s third feature film, and he is really establishing himself as a credible director

While the music fits the hood vibe that the director is going for, the transitions between the speech and music are disjointed. The dialogue is low to emote a realistic tone, but the music is loud and overbearing. Perhaps if the transition was a bit smoother it’d be less noticeable.

The majority of the cast feel authentic and are compelling to watch, but the extras slightly let the film down. During the heist, a bank clerk reacts to a dead body and a crying child by theatrically putting her hand over her mouth; it's so melodramatic that it becomes almost laughable. Again, it’s the little details that Yung Cat missed that really stand out.

The dialogue between the main cast, and the relationship with Diamond and her son, are all honest and engaging to watch. This is what Run It Up really does well, and the twist at the end is captivating as you see their relationship grow. It’s obvious that Diamond is risking her life to ensure that her son has the best life possible - even if that means putting her own at risk.

Run It Up is Yung Cat’s third feature film, and he is really establishing himself as a credible gangster director. While the movie may not be perfect, it is another impressive outing from this talented up-and-coming filmmaker.


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