Red White & Blue (2010)

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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). … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Simon Rumley
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 17, 2011
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as Franki

as Lil' Allan

as Nightclub Pick-Up

as Druggie Rock Girl

as Druggie Rock Guy

as Hotel Pick-Up

as Ed's Girlfriend

as Hardware Store Manag...

as Lil' Allan's Mom

as Erica's Mom

as Erica's Mom's Boyfri...

as Oncologist

as HIV Clinician

as Ed's Daughter
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Critic Reviews for Red White & Blue

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (4)

Without giving away too much, I offer two words of advice: Brace yourself.

Full Review… | April 21, 2011
San Francisco Chronicle
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An engrossing -- and profoundly distressing -- tale of random connection and specific revenge.

Full Review… | October 8, 2010
New York Times
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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.

Full Review… | October 6, 2010
Time Out
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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.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Variety
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Restraint pays dividends for British writer/director Simon Rumley in this devastating and demanding revenge tragedy set in Austin, Texas.

Full Review… | October 5, 2011
Radio Times

Stylishly directed and superbly written, this is a provocative, powerfully emotional drama-slash-revenge-horror with terrific performances...

Full Review… | October 5, 2011
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Audience Reviews for Red White & Blue

I'm not a fan of unnecessary violence in movies but when it's delivered in a psychological fashion like Michael Haneke's "Funny Games" or possibly Shane Meadows' "Dead Man's Shoes" then I can certainly go with it and respect the skill of the filmmaker. This shares some similarities with those aforementioned films but ultimately became far too savage and obstinate for me to fully appreciate.
Erica (Amanda Fuller) is promiscuous Texan woman who has frequent, casual sexual relations with different men and completely indiscriminate in her choice of partners. One night she meets Iraqi Vet, Nate (Noah Taylor) and strikes up a genuine affection and friendship. However, Erica goes missing one day and Nate decides to look for her which uncovers some wrong doing and also brings out a sociopathic nature in the seemingly gentle Veteran.
A film of two halves: The first, slow and methodical as it builds the relationships between the characters. During this time, it's filled with empty and loveless sexual encounters. It has a deliberate pace that may lose the interest of some viewers during this time. However, the second half of the film picks up the pace considerably and relentlessly. It's filled with violence and retribution and falls into torture porn territory with a frighteningly realistic and ambiguous performance from Noah Taylor. It's a shift in tone I wasn't fully prepared for and, as a result, found it a little hard to stomach. This is saying something, as just days before, I had sat down to the dark and disturbing William Friedkin film "Killer Joe" and enjoyed it immensely. The content of that movie was was no picnic (in more ways than one) but this film outstripped even that in terms of it's lasting and unsettling effect. If I had fully known what I was getting into with this, I'd probably have avoided it. That being said, I can't fault the construction and skill of director Simon Rumley on his pervading sense of dread or commentary on modern America but the resultant material just isn't for me. The most interesting aspect is seeing Noah Taylor flex his acting chops in a style that we're unaccustomed to and proves that despite still being relatively undervalued, he's a very fine actor.
A stark and uncompromising film that's very well handled but when it's disturbing and violent nature takes hold, the content is very tough going.

MrMarakai
Mark Walker

Super Reviewer

½

"Three lives... bound together in blood"

Film follows the cool, emotionless Erica, who dives into bed with any man she meets. When she is offered a job in a DIY store in Austin, she discovers the kindness of strangers, but also the gruesome shadowy side of it.

REVIEW
One of the best revenge dramas I have ever seen. Brutal and compelling and shot in the seedier parts of Austin, Texas by British director Simon Rumley on a very low budget, it's enhanced by the very fine cast (which includes some respected though not very famous actors, including Noah Taylor playing niftily against character). The movie is about essentially a love (or perhaps death) triangle: Nate, an Iraq war veteran in his thirties who looks edgy and might be somewhat disturbed and Franki, a drummer in an upcoming garage band are the men whose life is intersected through Erica, an attractive girl whose life is a mess working at odd jobs as well as the occasional gig as a prostitute. A sexually transmitted disease will unleash a terrible mayhem of death and revenge. I don't want to add more about the plot, but the results can be brutal in the extreme, even if the climactic act of violence is shot off camera. Starts somewhat slow, and it takes its time to develop its plot, but the third and final act will leave everyone speechless.

LorenzoVonMatterhorn
Lorenzo von Matterhorn

Super Reviewer

A very awesome thriller. Very graphic, just the way I like it!

Jacob Palacio
Jacob Palacio

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