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Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1974
A rookie journalist looks to solve the increasingly vexing case of a serial killer on the loose.
It's Yorkshire in 1974, and fear, mistrust and institutionalised police corruption are running riot. Rookie journalist Eddie Dunford is determined to search for the truth in an increasingly complex maze of lies and deceit surrounding the police investigation into a series of child abductions. When young Clare Kemplay goes missing, Eddie and his colleague, Barry, persuade their editor to let them investigate links with two similar abductions in the last decade. But after a mutilated body is found on a construction site owned by a local property magnate, Eddie and Barry are drawn into a deadly world of secrecy, intimidation, shocking revelations and police brutality.
The thing with a slow burn thriller is that there has to be a pay off that's worth the wait. The first Red Riding film had me worried more than once, but it delivers what it should do in spades.
Shot with total dedication to recreate the year in its title it looks and feels fantastic, creating a really immersive film. Everything breathes authenticity, which is a key part in the success of this film, as it follows and unfolds an investigation step by step, that needs that injection of reality to make it as gripping as it is.
The plot is paced pretty well, even though the first two acts drag a bit at times. What makes it all…
Well, you can add made-for-television films to the list of superior English entertainment. Red Riding: 1974 has to be not only one of the most stunning made-for-tv movies I've ever seen, but one of the most stunning period. The camera work left me breathless, despite the frustrations I felt with the story (whether intentional or not).
It's fitting that Eddie (Andrew Garfield) has a cigarette in his mouth on the coverart because all he does for the first half of the movie is smoke cigarettes, I understand this is a bit of a slow burn but I think the emphasis on smoking was a bit uncalled for and distracting (especially for an ex-smoker).
Even though my native language is English,…
Andrew Garfield really does go through it in this gruelling and often disturbing corruption drama. I lost count of how many times he gets a kicking in this. A gritty and complex story that starts with the disappearance of a little girl and her subsequent murder,this see's journalist Garfield stumble upon a bigger story. A stand-out cast of British actors that include Sean Bean,Warren Clarke,Rebecca Hall,Eddie Marsan and David Morrissey capture the look and mood of seventies Yorkshire. A drama that you definitely have to concentrate on this is well worth the watch and Garfield especially showed just what a good actor he really is.
I don't know why I waited so long to write this review, but having just seen the second one I decided to write this one as well.
Red Riding 1974 is the first film in a trilogy dealing with different murders in Britain. Each one covers a different year (1874, 1980 and 1983), and each one of them covers a different main character and investigation.
In the first film, 1974, Andre Garfield plays Eddie Dunford, a Yorkshire Post reporter.
Eddie starts to get over his head when he starts investigating a series of murdered or missing young girls.
His investigation leads him to powerful people in the area, to corruption in the police force and even…
Stunning. Just absolutely stunning work.
From the opening, it grabs your attention and never lets go in a grip so powerful you never want to take your eyes away from the screen.
No spoilers here- go in with fresh eyes and come out bleary as you're cloaked in cigarette smoke and 70's dinginess, following Andrew Garfield's newspaper journalist Eddie Dunford trying to investigate two separate stories that inevitably interlink. One, suspected corruption and bribery in the police force and the other the brutal murders of three young girls.
You will share his pain and heartache and frustration; ever willing him on to oust all those involved and bring closure to the grieving. Only expect the wool to be pulled over…
Eddie Dunford (played by Andrew Garfield) is a cub reporter on the Yorkshire Post who, whilst following up after the disappearance of young girls discovers serious corruption within the local police force. A dark, frightening story which looked very much like the 1970s and kept me gripped throughout.
Jesus, that was fucked up.
A terrific showcase for Garfield, who delivers his best performance (excepting The Social Network) and now seems wasted on a superhero reboot franchise no one was asking for. Red Riding: 1974 feels a bit conventional and simplistic next to its tonal cousin across the pond, True Detective, but is nevertheless an engaging local conspiracy tale with a deep bench of British talent.
An und für sich dünne Geschichte, durch Andeutungsgeraune hübsch aufgepolstert, gut gespielt, noch besser gefilmt und brillant geschnitten. Warum hat er am Ende die Waffe zugesteckt bekommen? Als Einstieg in die Trilogie spannend genug, britisch brutal und in eine kotzig-hübsche 70er-Jahre-Tristesse gekleidet.
Gritty and unflinching beginning to the Red Riding trilogy.
While the plot makes a few jumps (I'm sure it flows a little better in the book) this movie has absolutely stunning shots and stellar performances.
Gloom sprinkled with some death in the year of our lord 1974
Red Riding: 1974 is a bleak, grim, procedural-style, slow-burn film. This is part one of a trilogy, and I cannot wait to watch the remaining two "chapters" of this crime story.
Andrew Garfield is excellent as the gutsy young Yorkshire, England journalist investigating a series of potentially connected murders. He takes a beating as cops warn him off, but he keeps getting back in the ring. Sean Bean is a powerful crooked businessman with whom poor Garfield gets tangled up.
This fictional tale depicts police corruption and organized crime in a stark, dark manner, very creepy and disturbing at times. The ending isn't really one, I don't think, since we must jump a few years to 1980 for part two of the trilogy - a continuation, I assume.
The slow pacing is perfect for this sort of story, adding to the realism of Garfield hunting down leads and backtracking and hitting roadblocks. Very cool film... I highly recommend it.
A disturbing first entry in the trilogy of films that comprise one of contemporary British television's finest moments. The compelling slow burn nature of the storytelling is comparable to the more recent HBO series True Detective. In amongst an array of Britain's finest actor a young Garfield does very well as the arrogant reporter returning home to set the world alight with his journalistic brilliance. Sean Bean is in this so I'm sure you now has this section of the grand story ends.
The whole trilogy is a good watch. The plot may be a little hard to follow but they got the 70s and 80s Britain atmosphere down perfectly. Dark, gritty and certainly different.
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