Red White & Blue


Red White & Blue

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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). Despite his quiet air of danger, Nate's the only guy who doesn't immediately want to sleep with her, and the two form a hesitant bond. But in a shocking twist, one of Erica's earlier sexual encounters, with wannabe rock star Franki (Marc Senter), will have unexpected - and devastating - consequences on both of their lives. Hard-edged and uncompromising, the film has already been compared to the works of such disparate filmmakers as Larry Clark and Sam Peckinpah.

Red, White and Blue is Rumley's follow up to the acclaimed British horror film The Living & The Dead.-- (C) IFC

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Julian Haddad
as Lil' Allan
James Ernest Davis
as Nightclub Pick-Up
Jenny Graven
as Druggie Rock Girl
Mark Hanson
as Druggie Rock Guy
Chance Hartman
as Hotel Pick-Up
Eryn Brooke
as Ed's Girlfriend
Michael Price
as Hardware Store Manager
Matteson Claus
as Lil' Allan's Mom
Nicole Holt
as Erica's Mom
Francois Larosa
as Erica's Mom's Boyfriend
Robert Sliger
as Oncologist
Emily Cropper
as HIV Clinician
Saxon Sharbino
as Ed's Daughter
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Critic Reviews for Red White & Blue

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (7)

  • It displays some talent but it's difficult to see precisely where it is going.

    Sep 30, 2011 | Rating: 2/5
  • Dim the lights and raise the heat for this sputtering Texas noir, liberally spiced with strip-malls and pool-halls.

    Sep 29, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Xan Brooks

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

    Apr 21, 2011 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • An engrossing -- and profoundly distressing -- tale of random connection and specific revenge.

    Oct 8, 2010 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • 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.

    Oct 6, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    David Fear

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • a slow-burning tripartite drama that spirals inexorably towards parallel acts of misdirected vengeance, as well as a trip through the darkest corners of the American psyche.

    Sep 6, 2010

Audience Reviews for Red White & Blue

  • Jan 11, 2013
    One of the most interesting recent cause-effect revenge flick, Red White And Blue is a complex morality tale that doesn't offer easy answers and packs a very violent punch on the last 40mins or so. But not all the violence is physical as what preceeded it is devastating, saddening and the collision course these three characters are set onto will leave scars all around. A bleak look at how little events can cause big things, Red White And Blue is a simply made movie, but everything it does, it does so remarkably well. It's not very original but with such a strong cast and tight scrip, you can't get much better than this.
    Francisco G Super Reviewer
  • Sep 18, 2012
    Excellent film with an unsettling and disturbing end. The movie is actually a very intelligent and inventive twist on the revenge thriller genre because things aren't as black and white as you usually see them in movies. It's a complex movie with the protagonists themselves being both the good and bad guys. The movie's first hour is mostly setting these characters up for what's going to happen in the second half of the film, so it may seem like the movie is slow to some but it is well written, excellently acted, Noah Taylor is tremendous and compelling enough that I was never bored, nor did the movie give me any reason to be. The second hour is incredibly powerful, visceral and uncompromising. So if you've got a weak stomach then definitely don't watch this movie because there's some really violent scenes. Well it's really just the one near the end, which I won't spoil, but it's really disturbing and gruesome. There was a problem I had with the film score. Near the end, during Nate's section where he goes crazy, the score goes absolutely haywire, discordant and playing very loudly. I suppose this was supposed to signify Nate and how unstable/psychotic he could really be. The problem is, it's annoying, to the point where it detracts from the scene as a whole. And it's not like it was even needed because Noah Taylor's work was top-notch and he did a great job at playing this psychopath. So it was completely unnecessary. This is even more apparent when, during the really violent scene, there's a simple but very creepy piano track playing over the proceedings which did more to sell me on Nate's insanity than the previous scenes did. That's pretty much the only complaint I had with this movie, just a tremendous and uncompromising film with some complex characters, excellent performances, and great writing that this film almost seems like a no-brainer if you enjoy thrillers. But be warned, the movie is most definitely very unsettling, which is part of what makes it as good as it is. Highly recommend this film.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Jul 16, 2012
    A very awesome thriller. Very graphic, just the way I like it!
    Jacob P Super Reviewer
  • May 23, 2012
    This vicious and brutal drama often felt too slow burning and art house to thoroughly compel. It opens up with focus on a kind of lowlife woman who jumps from man to man spreading her HIV. And from then it doesn't hold back but, these scenes can be few and far between but inbetween the sex and graphic violence is a slow burning un-stereotypical romance between the main characters. But midway through the film it developed into something much more interesting and captivating. Near the end the viewer is glued to the screen while watching some really horrific torture scenes. Rememiscent to films like 'A clockwork orange', it is laid out in a very art house character development feel and having a 'Sleeping Beauty' style but then a pivotal plot point exposes a much darker and interesting side to the movie. Most of the violence in this film is left to your imagination with quick cuts during the most brutal moments. Overall this film has the art house style mixed with the intense and graphic violence you have seen before, it will entertain you but just expect it to drag on longer than it should.
    Luke C Super Reviewer

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