Red White & Blue (2010)
Average Rating: 6.8/10
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Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 5
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Critic Reviews: 4
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 0
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Red, White and Blue is a powerful, visceral and oddly touching thriller/slash movie. It's also very sophisticated storytelling with temporal shifts and three protagonist characters who function as both the killer and the prey.
Erica (BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER's Amanda Fuller) is a tough, troubled nymphomaniac with wounds across her soul. For Erica, sleeping with multiple men forms the core of her life, until she meets the mysterious Iraq vet Nate (THE PROPOSITION's Noah Taylor).
Oct 8, 2010 Limited
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Without giving away too much, I offer two words of advice: Brace yourself.
An engrossing -- and profoundly distressing -- tale of random connection and specific revenge.
This Amerindie's horror elements are actually its least interesting aspects; you wish that British director Simon Rumley had stuck with that first half's beguiling look at a new, weird Americana and left the exploitation trappings to lesser filmmakers.
Influences of helmers like Larry Clark and Wes Craven are pronounced: The first half is pure montage, foregoing slick visuals so the characters' personalities, coupled with a disturbing stillness, take root.
Restraint pays dividends for British writer/director Simon Rumley in this devastating and demanding revenge tragedy set in Austin, Texas.
Stylishly directed and superbly written, this is a provocative, powerfully emotional drama-slash-revenge-horror with terrific performances...
It is a tragic story of some power with echoes of Hubert Selby Jr's novel Last Exit to Brooklyn.
It displays some talent but it's difficult to see precisely where it is going.
Dim the lights and raise the heat for this sputtering Texas noir, liberally spiced with strip-malls and pool-halls.
Everyone comes out of the story badly, not least the audience. We should have felt shaken and stirred; we merely feel poured over rocks and impaled with cocktail sticks.
It's not exactly going to make you want to salute the flag any time soon, but its delivery is as slick as its subject matter is grim.
Not a horror film, but an undeniably horrifying one, it depicts believable characters in credibly desperate situations, with none of the usual genre comforts on hand to halt the path to damnation.
I found it rather slow and hard to like, and by the time the real horror kicked in, I was paralyzed by sickening sensory overload.
A gripping work, Red White & Blue is one of those stunning, gem-find indie movies that creeps up on you like a dark, sudden storm cloud in the middle of a summer afternoon.
Rumley has assembled a fine cast; there's not a false step in the film, and while obviously this isn't a film for everyone, these are characters that we come to know, respect, and fall hard for, doomed or not.
It is not run-of-the-mill or generic in any sense. But man, is it ever grueling to watch.
It may not have been writer/director Simon Rumley's intention, but what he has essentially done is another remake of "The Virgin Spring" with a decided twist.
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