Red State Reviews
Terror? Yep, I was terrified to waste this time of my life watching this movie
If you are thinking about watching it, stop now and go do something more entertaining, like cleaning the bathroom
It bugs me to see such high rates for a movie this bad (+50%)
It soon molds into a siege film, a bit of decent gun play with a little escape excitement thrown in. The film does get a little confused in its delivery but not in its message.
In this world, there are ridiculous reasons which people use to condone evil actions (particularly within religion), and the extent to which they follow these beliefs into actions of violence and terrorism continues to astound me. Kevin Smith does well to endue hatred for the Cooper 'family' early on in the film and Michael Parks, as the head of this group of nutters, is charismatic and passionate, even if it is absolute nonsense that he is preaching. There are loads of recognisable faces in this, taken from pools of talent from both film and TV (Breaking Bad, True Blood). John Goodman is probably the most recognisable of these and does a believable turn as the federal agent charged with taking the Coopers down. It's important to note that the Government are not the good guys here either. They have their share of dark decisions and idiotic actions.
I enjoyed this film....but this level of fanaticism in the name of God is guaranteed to make me angry and so I found this fairly uncomfortable watching.
If you can move past the politics of this movie, it becomes this cinematic experience where Smith almost dares you to like Parks character.
I did like the weird spin on conventional thriller/drama themes, shot almost Dogma circa 96 style, this little low to no budget movie kept me gripped throughout.
Parks smashes it with long dialogue moments, cruel almost unhuman moments and even batshit crazy suicidal rightousness, Goodman is fantastic as always and nice to see Kevin Pollack crop up too.
If you watch this movie with no prior knowledge of Kevin Smith movies then you will pleasantly surprised at the action, dialogue and the overall Lynch-style gritty lens you're forced to watch this magnificent masterpiece through.
Not Smiths best, but still a monument to independent filmaking at its finest and also a way for Smith to show that deep down, beneath all the podcasts, publicity, tv shows and noise, he is and always will be an exceptional indie filmaker.