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Hot Pursuit (and five of the best movies about being on the run)
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Hot Pursuit (and five of the best movies about being on the run)

Director Anne Fletcher may not exactly be a household name, but her work behind the scenes over the last 20 years as a choreographer and movement coach has taken in films as varied as Catch Me If You Can, Grosse Pointe and The 40-Year Old Virgin, as well as TV shows like Firefly and Six Feet Under. The last few years though have seen Fletcher making the transition into the director's chair, helming movies like Step Up and The Proposal. Her latest film, the road trip comedy Hot Pursuit, arrives in stores on Monday (November 23rd) and stars Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara alongside a cast that includes Teen Wolf's Matthew Del Negro, Sirens star Michael Mosley and comedian Jim Gaffigan.

Witherspoon stars as straight-laced cop Rose Cooper, whose career as an officer for the San Antonio Police Department has taken a turn for the worse following an incident in which she accidentally sets the mayor's son on fire. However, Cooper is offered the chance to redeem herself when the US Marshall's office asks her to transport and protect Felipe Riva (Vincent Laresca) - a witness who is due to give evidence in the trial of notorious cartel boss Vicente Cortez (Joaquín Cosio) - and his wife Daniella (Vergara).

However, when Cooper and the Deputy Marshall arrive at Riva's house, two masked gunmen break into the building, killing both Felipe and the Marshall. Cooper finds Danielle hiding in the back seat of their car and the pair manage to escape, but Cooper learns that two of her fellow officers may be on Cortez's payroll and she soon finds herself implicated in the death of the Marshall. With all the other witnesses involved in the Cortez trial now dead, Cooper faces a battle to keep Daniella safe from the gangster's henchmen while evading the police and the clutches of her crooked colleagues.

Both Witherspoon and Vergara have considerable comedy experience, with the former having starred in films like Legally Blonde and the latter being a regular fixture in ABC's hit series Modern Family, and while some of the jokes fall a little flat there are some very funny moments, including a running gag about the pair's age / height and pretty much every scene featuring Jim Gaffigan. If you enjoyed films like The Heat then you'll probably find plenty of things to like about Hot Pursuit too.

You can find the trailer below, beneath that we've picked five other brilliant films about being on the run...


Minority Report

Steven Spielberg's dystopian sci-fi film (based on the short story of the same name by Philip K. Dick) stars Tom Cruise as John Anderton, the chief officer of a new division of the police force known as 'PreCrime'. Having harnessed the ability of three psychic siblings to predict and prevent crimes before they occur, crime levels have dropped to a record low, but the system isn't quite as infallible as the public are led to believe and when Anderton finds himself implicated in a murder that is yet to happen, he turns from pursuer to pursued and must evade the all-pervasive surveillance technology in the city to find evidence that will prove his innocence.


Natural Born Killers

Co-written by Quentin Tarantino and directed by Oliver Stone, Natural Born Killers follows the murderous exploits of lovers Mickey and Mallory Knox (Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis) as they travel across America on a killing spree. Thanks to sensationalist news reporting, the pair soon earn themselves a level of fame and notoriety that sees them pursued not only be cops, such as the crooked Jack Scagnetti (Tom Sizemore) but also by journalists, led by the completely amoral Wayne Gayle (Robert Downey Jr.), as well as earning themselves a bizarre following of fans and wannabes.


Enemy of the State

Tony Scott's 1998 crime drama stars Will Smith as a lawyer who unwittingly becomes the subject of a manhunt led by a crooked NSA chief (Jon Voight) when, unbeknownst to him, he gains possession of an encrypted disk that contains evidence implicating the chief in the murder of a politician. Seeking help from his friend who provides occasional information relating to cases via an anonymous source, he is put in touch with a secretive former NSA operative known only as Brill (Gene Hackman), who reluctantly agrees to help him find out why the agency are chasing him down.


True Romance

Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette lead a star-studded cast in another of Tony Scott's films – and another Tarantino script - that also features Dennis Hopper, Brad Pitt, Sam L. Jackson, Gary Oldman and Christopher Walken. Slater plays a Clarence Worley, who falls in love with a call girl (Arquette), marries her and inadvertently steals cocaine from her pimp before attempting to sell it and head for Mexico, but if they are to reach the border they'll first have to get past the police, the FBI and the mobsters who want their drugs back.


Public Enemies

Our final pick is Michael Mann's 2009 film based on the true story of legendary American bank robber John Dillinger, who became a notorious fixture of the Chicago newspapers during the prohibition era of the 1920s and 30s. Johnny Depp plays the man in question and the film charts his ascent in the criminal underworld, his arrest and his subsequent escape from Lake County jail. Pursuing him across the country is FBI agent Melvin Purvis (Christian Bale), who realises that he'll need to bend the rules if he is to catch Dillinger, who is usually one step ahead of the Feds.

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