Red Riding Trilogy (2010)
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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The films are complex, long-form storytelling, requiring you to observe, recall and interpret as the story bleeds through three movie-length episodes.
What starts out as a tale of serial killing quickly becomes even more sinister and complex.
This is a hugely ambitious piece of work that packs a cumulative wallop when it's all over.
On its own, each film hauntingly creates a murk of collusion, pervasive corruption, and 57 varieties of predation.
This is the sort of undertaking the BBC excels at, and is approached in the United States only by ambitious cable TV series.
Red Riding Trilogy, with its remarkable performances, its brilliantly constructed puzzle, its dispiriting cycles of violence, isn't an easy ride. But it is an exhilarating one.
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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.
"1974" (Julian Jarrold) - 7/10 "1980" (James Marsh) - 9/10 "1983" (Annand Tucker) - 9/10 OVERALL SCORE - 9/10
Perhaps I am among the minority, but the Red Riding Trilogy did little to entertain or inspire me. Much like the reception I gave The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, the Red Riding Trilogy does little to set it apart from any other films in the suspense/thriller genre.
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