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Red Riding Trilogy (2010)

Red Riding Trilogy


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Critic Consensus: This crime drama features great performances and the three directors make the setting -- 1970s and 1980s Yorkshire -- an immersive, gritty, and dangerous place.

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Sure to be one of the cinematic events of the year, RED RIDING is a mesmerizing neo-noir epic based on factual events and adapted for the screen by Tony Grisoni (FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS) from David Peace's electrifying series of novels. An official selection of the Telluride, New York, Chicago and AFI Festivals, and acclaimed by critics an eminent accomplishment, the trilogy follows several characters in intertwining storylines united by the horror wrought by the "Yorkshire Ripper," a serial killer who terrorized northwest England in the 1970s and '80s.The three films are directed by three notable filmmakers--Julian Jarrold (BRIDESHEAD REVISITED), Academy-Award(R)-winner James Marsh (MAN ON WIRE) and Anand Tucker (SHOPGIRL). Each boasts a stellar British cast that includes Andrew Garfield (THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS), Sean Bean (LORD OF THE RINGS), Paddy Considine (DEAD MAN'S SHOES), Rebecca Hall (VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA), and Peter Mullan (TRAINSPOTTING).RED RIDING - 1974 (Directed by Julian Jarrold) centers on a rookie journalist, Eddie Dunford (Andrew Garfield), whose investigation of a series of child abductions and murders leads him to suspect that there's a terrifying connection between the perpetrators and the upper echelons of Yorkshire power. (105 min.) -- (C) IFCmore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Horror
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All Critics (57) | Top Critics (22)

The films are complex, long-form storytelling, requiring you to observe, recall and interpret as the story bleeds through three movie-length episodes.

Full Review… | April 15, 2010
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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What starts out as a tale of serial killing quickly becomes even more sinister and complex.

Full Review… | April 8, 2010
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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This is a hugely ambitious piece of work that packs a cumulative wallop when it's all over.

Full Review… | March 26, 2010
Dallas Morning News
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On its own, each film hauntingly creates a murk of collusion, pervasive corruption, and 57 varieties of predation.

Full Review… | March 11, 2010
Philadelphia Inquirer
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This is the sort of undertaking the BBC excels at, and is approached in the United States only by ambitious cable TV series.

Full Review… | March 11, 2010
Chicago Sun-Times
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A byzantine labyrinth of the sordid and crooked.

Full Review… | September 12, 2010
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"1974" (Julian Jarrold) - 7/10

"1980" (James Marsh) - 9/10

"1983" (Annand Tucker) - 9/10


Michael S

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The first part was plain bore, second one quite good & the third just a bit better than the first part.

Interestingly, while the first & last part were quite related, the second one had very few bearings to the two. The final instalment seemed more like a follow-up/sequel to the first part. If a handful of sequences from the second part were adjusted somehow in the first or last part, there would have been no need for the second part --- the only part that was interesting enough. It could possibly have been made as an independent movie based on the Yorkshire Ripper case. Had that happened, it would have saved me the trouble of surviving the rest of the parts.

While I haven't read the books on which the trilogy was based, I feel that the adaptation would have been more successful as a TV series with more than 3 episodes. I don't know if the books were any good, but this trilogy fails miserably on the whole.

familiar stranger

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Have you seen a movie which traps you in its desperate, grey and morose environment and only lets go when the credits rolls towards the end of its 4-1/2 hours of amazing story telling?

Red Riding is a mind bending, multi-layered, thick and brutal trilogy based on David Peace's 4 "Red Riding" novels. It dramatizes some actual murders in Yorkshire, England and tells multiple, inter-connected stories of its participants : West Yorkshire PD, the residents and few outsiders. The movie scores on multiple counts : rock solid script, sharp acting and brilliant direction.

Its a first rate crime drama which pulls absolutely no punches. Serious cinema and absolutely must watch.

Sundeep Bhat
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