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Everything You Need to Know About 'R.U.N by Cirque du Soleil'

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|by Sam Novak |

Breaking down the high-octane elements of Cirque's new spectacle

Strap yourself in tight and prepare for the ride of your life at R.U.N, the latest offering from Cirque du Soleil. R.U.N is a high-octane thriller that's part action movie, part stunt show and totally unlike anything you've ever seen. Here’s everything you need to know about this all-new variety of Las Vegas show, now that it has landed on the Strip.

Cirque’s newest show, R.U.N, is part movie, part stunts how, and one part pure adrenaline (Photo: Cirque du Soleil)

Cirque’s newest show, R.U.N, is part movie, part stunts how, and one part pure adrenaline (Photo: Cirque du Soleil)

It’s a “live action thriller”
Billed as "the first live action thriller," Luxor's new production blurs the line between performance art and cinema in mind-bending fashion. Written by cutting-edge film director Robert Rodriguez (Sin City, Predators, Alita: Battle Angel), R.U.N envelops you in a hyper-stylized vision of Las Vegas filled with gritty thugs, warring gangs, warehouse battles and a hero on a quest to save the city.

The technical effects are never-before-seen
So, how does a movie come alive? With the ultimate in technology and theatrical tricks, of course. Cirque du Soleil has always been at the forefront of entertainment innovation. Their employment of electronics, projection and practical effects have been heavily integrated into productions ranging from The Beatles LOVE to . R.U.N represents the next step in Cirque's evolution, and the results are stunningly effective.

Imagine a chase across the Mojave desert recreated right before your eyes. Drivers engage in hand-to-hand combat while their cars spin, soar and race to avoid a speeding freight train. Motorcycles burst from the screen and soar up the aisles. Villains pursue the good guys from one side of the theater to the other, soaring overhead and crashing through walls. It's all set to a booming soundtrack from film composer Brian Tyler (The Fast and the Furious franchise) and a live DJ.

While the action might be for the young of heart, it’s recommended for those 13+
In an unusual move for the Montreal-based organization, the chases, stunts and intense sequences in Cirque's new show are intended for mature audiences only. Rodriguez, an occasional collaborator of Quentin Tarantino, has visited this territory numerous times before in cult films like From Dusk ‘Til Dawn and Machete. So think of R.U.N as the ultimate R-rated grindhouse pic, where parental guidance is highly suggested.

Moviegoers have long enjoyed the fantasy of characters stepping into a fictional landscape (à la The Wizard of Oz and Disney's TRON). But rarely, if ever, have those characters burst through the silver screen and into your seat. It's a daring premise that will surely have audiences talking about R.U.N for years to come.

R.U.N performs Wednesday through Sunday at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. It is recommended for mature audiences, ages 13 and up. 

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