Red State (2011)
Red State (2011)Rating:
- Dylan = 4 / 10;
- Raoul = 6 / 10;
Red State (2011) Synopsis:
Three teenagers find themselves the prey of a group of religious fanatics.
Red State (2011) Review:
Red State, written and directed by Kevin Smith (who directed Dogma), is an interesting mix between horror thriller, redneck style and religious fanaticism. The film starts as most horror thriller, with the usual group of dumb teens, and does not bring anything really interesting until they finally get captured by the cult. Then, we get to discover a bunch of religious lunatics, something in between the church community in Silent Hill and the cult in The Sacrament.
Religion is a sensitive topic, even in horror, but this film has the balls to show ultracatholics fanatics has real monsters and succeeds really well at putting the audience on the side of the victim. Red State will make you truly angry at this bunch of villains, and that brings an important credibility to the film.
The rest is some really classic horror/thriller with its lot of gunfights, a little bit of comedy, a little bit of gruesomeness…but nothing remarkable. Only towards the end does a real unexpected event finally come to bring a major surprise to the audience. Up to this point, I was ready to trash this film in the “usual crap” bin, but the last 20 min of the film really brought a little extra that made up for the lack of innovation in the overall plot.
To conclude, while not being outstanding, this is an interesting film that is worth its 90 min.
Red State (2011) Cast:
|Deborah Aquila||…||Mrs. Vasquez|
|Joey Figueroa||…||Route 9 Friend|
|Anna Gunn||…||Travis’ Mother|
|Matt Jones||…||Deputy Pete|
|John Lacy||…||Travis’ Father|
|Catherine McCord||…||News Reporter|
|Stephen Root||…||Sheriff Wynan|
|Cooper Thornton||…||Plastic Wrap Man|