Takes quite a while to get exciting, it seems more of a drama for easily the first half, but the gunfight near the end was impressive and I was riveted by the final showdown, not sure who was going to make it out. There's a love interest subplot that I didn't really feel had a natural progression, but it doesn't get in the way of the good bits and has a say in the change one character goes through.
First of all, I would encourage people curious about the movie to watch it as it's very difficult to review without mildly spoiling some unexpected bits.
Red State is extremely confrontational and somewhat disquieting. Some will say it changes focus and is unsure what kind of movie it wants to be, but I appreciated the unexpected turns and it kept me on my toes. Michael Parks delivered a minblowing performance, and I can't honestly say any other actors brought it…
Just finished watching it and the rhythm is still resonating through my body. I'm typing to that rhythm right now. The music in this movie blew my mind.
This is the kind of movie that is going to be remembered.
It starts off awkward, then it gets intense, then the intensity steps up. And then it steps up again. Then it goes so far you have no idea what's going to happen. By the end, I was prepared for it…