Red Riding: 1980 (2010)
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as Eddie Dunford
as Peter Hunter
as The Ripper
as Maurice Jobson
as Harold Angus
as Bill Molloy
as Dick Alderman
as Elizabeth Hall
as Bob Craven
as Jack Whitehead
as Tommy Douglas
as Martin Laws
as Helen Marshall
as John Nolan
as Joan Hunter
as Jim Prentice
Critic Reviews for Red Riding: 1980
Stands as a wrenching tale of power abused and lives discarded. It is powerful stuff.
A huge step up from the unfollowable plot and unfathomable evil of Red Riding: 1974.
Aside from the ongoing criminal mystery and obstruction of powerful men, it's a tale of dreary duty. [Blu-ray]
Unrolling at a frustratingly slow pace, it's the weak link in the series, but it's still an extraordinary -- and extraordinarily well-assembled -- series.
Audience Reviews for Red Riding: 1980
For the first half of the film, it feels like a mediocre movie that has not much to do with it's predecessor, but just there to continue the story and find the killer. We are thrown into an entirely new story with new characters and plot lines, but it is far less interesting than the first. The mentioning of past characters is really the only thing that kept me going until the second half when things start intertwining. The whole film makes you wonder what is going on, until the very last moments of the film where it all comes together and you see why it is a sequel/continuation. Andrew Garfield only makes a cameo in this film, but it has the most meaning out of anything else seen in the film. I thought the first film was great, so I found it very hard to put this film on the same level, but once the end of the film comes full circle, you see why you watched it, and it's worth it!
Part two of the "RED RIDING TRILOGY," 1980 is a far superior film to the already strong first chapter. Unlike it's predecessor, James Marsh's episode takes a stream-lined, focused approach towards it's narrative and the result is an infinitely more chilling and effective work. Playing like a classic detective noir, the film does a phenomenal job of bringing you in and smothering you with it's dark, dank atmosphere. Paddy Considine, the anchor of the film, is outstanding. You really feel for him and grow increasingly more nervous as he slowly gets in over his head. The film is a slow-burn, but one that never settles on being less than gripping. "1980" is a great film in its own right. If it didn't address details and clear up some of the plot of the first film, it would almost work as a complete standalone. It`s a movie so good, that it made me like the first part even more. Also, I've never been more sickened by law enforcement corruption than in this film. A bold statement, but one that is truthful and a testament to the film`s eerie, stomach-churning effectiveness.
Another brilliant British cast for the 2nd installment of the Red Riding trilogy, with my personal favourite of course, Paddy Considine. I do feel on this one, that the acting was far superior to the actual plot at times and whilst I was expecting more in depth investigation to the Yorkshire Ripper, what was delivered was the background of the investigation along with a personal sub plot to the investigators, still a great watch though.
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