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“Run Hide Fight,” screened exclusively by The Federalist ahead of its Jan. 14 premiere, tells the story of a high school senior’s quest to save her classmates from a coldblooded band of live-streaming school shooters. Written and directed by Kyle Rankin, it’s a film that major Hollywood players “shied away” from after the Parkland shooting in 2017. It’s now backed by The Daily Wire, which acquired the distribution rights and plans to premiere it next week.

“Run Hide Fight” is hardly Republican propaganda. It’s also hardly the best movie you’ll see this year. But it’s a serious piece of cinema and a fine place for The Daily Wire to start its game-changing foray into the film industry.

Leading lady Isabel May (“Young Sheldon”) is a bright spot, capably playing the difficult role of Zoe Hull with compelling and realistic emotional range. The plot moves quickly through Zoe’s rollercoaster arc, avoiding tricky political pitfalls and keeping the narrative focused on its heroine’s personal story rather than broadening the aperture.

That’s helpful to the film, for which Rankin’s admirable goal was, hypothetically, that “two friends on opposite sides of the political spectrum go see it together and then go have a beer and be able to speak and feel like the movie had honored both sides.”

Hollywood doesn’t do both sides anymore, which is why a film that does landed in the hands of a conservative media company. Playing to “both sides” may, however, be why the film lacks a compelling Eastwoodian edge. “Run Hide Fight” is also uneven, as May’s excellent performance mingles with some cheesy dialogue, hard-to-believe plot points, and cartoonish villains.

It does, however, give responsible gun owners a very rare, very fair shake. Critics have already complained “Run Hide Fight” is exploitive, depicting school shootings through a “Die Hard” lens. But it’s not exploitive because it’s sincere. As a reviewer who attended school almost entirely after Columbine, some of the film’s early scenes were aggressively graphic. But some were also arresting.

All this is to say, “Run Hide Fight” is pretty much what people have come to expect from video-on-demand fare. It won’t knock your socks off or win any awards, but it’ll definitely keep your attention. That makes The Daily Wire’s involvement in the controversial project a very big deal.

Trumpeted in a press release as the outlet’s “first major film acquisition,” co-CEO Jeremy Boering explained he was “attracted” to “Run Hide Fight” because “Kyle Rankin had the courage to bring to light many of the realities of” Columbine “for the first time.”

“This is a gut-wrenching film that refuses to offer easy talking points, which is why liberal Hollywood executives have refused to distribute it,” Boering added. That’s a fair point.

Producer Dallas Sonnier said he’s “proud to work with The Daily Wire as the exclusive North American distributor,” continuing, “The Daily Wire’s policy of not publishing the names of mass shooters made it an ideal partner. If this film has a political viewpoint, it’s that we should not make terrorists famous; it’s the heroes whose names we should remember.”

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The Daily Wire is among the legacy media’s biggest cultural blindspots. Co-founder Ben Shapiro alone reaches an unbelievably wide audience on a daily basis, bringing a sharp and persuasive conservative message far beyond the right’s usual media borders. For years, conservatives have tried and failed to beat Hollywood at its own game, attempting to package right-of-center arguments in movies of their own.

It really never works. But The Daily Wire is well-positioned to finally change that and grow the right’s cultural influence through cinema.

“’Run Hide Fight’ is a preview of our plans and the type of movies and series we will offer in the not-too-distant future,” Boreing said in the press release. “Like this film, our entertainment content won’t be overtly political, but it will reflect our values.”

That’s the key. It’s why country music has more religious influence than most Christian pop. Hollywood gets away with overtly partisan projects because the left enjoys a monopoly in Tinsel Town. But that monopoly is also what will allow The Daily Wire, in the age of new media, to tap into an underserved consumer base. That’s the people turned off by Hollywood’s boring partisan hackery but utterly disinterested in more of the same from the right.

“Our mission is simple,” Boering stated. “We will make great entertainment that all Americans can enjoy, regardless of their political views. If you’re fed-up with the cultural edicts of our country’s self-appointed moral overlords in Hollywood and legacy media, stay tuned.”

Not only does that approach make for more interesting art, it’s also more persuasive.

The film will premiere during a Daily Wire Backstage special on Jan. 14 co-hosted by Shapiro and Boering, and will be available to Daily Wire members afterwards at RunHideFightMovie.com



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South Carolina House passes bill that would prohibit most abortions if a fetal heartbeat is detected

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The South Carolina House of Representatives on Wednesday voted 79-35 to pass legislation that would prohibit most abortions. 

The bill must pass through a procedural vote in the House on Thursday prior to heading to GOP Gov. Henry McMaster who has indicated that he will sign it, according to the Associated Press. Two Republicans voted against the legislation while two Democrats voted for it. The state Senate passed the measure last month. 

The bill requires doctors to carry out an ultrasound to check for a fetal heartbeat and if a heartbeat is identified an abortion can only be performed in certain circumstances.

The legislation would not penalize a woman for obtaining an unlawful abortion, though the individual responsible for performing the abortion could face consequences.

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The outlet reported that other states have approved similar or even more stringent abortion prohibitions which could be implemented if the Supreme Court throws out the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. All of the other states’ abortion bans are currently entangled by court challenges and if the South Carolina bill is approved it will likely face litigation that prevents it from going into effect, according to the AP.

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Leo Brent Bozell IV, the son of conservative leader L. Brent Bozell III, is facing federal charges in connection with the Jan. 6 breech of the U.S. Capitol.

Bozell is charged with obstructing an official proceeding, entering a restricted building and disorderly conduct, according to a federal complaint unsealed Tuesday.

The official affidavit includes photos and videos that appear to show Bozell inside of the U.S. Capitol Building, including the Senate chambers.

At least one photo shows Bozell wearing a sweatshirt emblazoned with a logo for a Christian school at which he once coached girls basketball, according to the Huffington Post.

The FBI obtained a photo of him posing with a student of a school, in Hershey, Pa.

His father founder, who founded the Media Research Center and other conservative groups, has condemned the riots, saying, “You can never countenance police being attacked. You cannot countenance our national capitol being breached like this. … I think it is absolutely wrong,” according to NewsBusters.

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Former President Trump on Wednesday afternoon praised the career of conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh, who has died of cancer.

“He loved his country, and he loved his fans,” Trump said on the Fox News Channel. “He is a legend.”

The interview was Trump’s first since the conclusion of his Senate impeachment trial last week.

Limbaugh’s wife, Kathryn, announced her husband’s death earlier in the day on his radio show. He had been diagnosed about a year ago with Stage-IV lung cancer. He was 70.

The president also said he had a personal friendship with Limbaugh, who was an early supporter of his 2016 presidential bid and who, like Trump, thought the president won reelection in 2020.

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Trump also pointed out that Limbaugh was a provocateur in his views about conservative politics that often sparked backlash from liberals and other critics. 

Trump last year in his State of the Union address awarded Limbaugh the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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