Red Riding Trilogy (2010)
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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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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.
Audience Reviews for Red Riding Trilogy
"1974" (Julian Jarrold) - 7/10
"1980" (James Marsh) - 9/10
"1983" (Annand Tucker) - 9/10
OVERALL SCORE - 9/10
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.
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.
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