The first 1012 films are from The 1,000 Greatest Films list, and maintain the original order. The films that follow…
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,…
The first chapter of the Red Riding Trilogy, In the Year of Our Lord 1974 blends elements of real-life events with fiction of its own to put on screen a tale about crime & corruption and follows a rookie journalist who finds himself in the middle of all this while investigating the case of a child murderer.
Narrated in a non-linear manner to keep the viewers intrigued, this TV film is finely written & nicely directed but the interest soon fizzles out for the story is plagued by its confusing plot & slow pace plus the way its events unfold, it simply fails to create any sort of suspense or raise the tempo despite numerous available opportunities.
However, there are a few things…
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…
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.
A brooding, atmospheric crime drama about police corruption that is expertly cast and directed.
This wasn't bad but I originally thought it was based on true events rather than only using those events as a framing piece. It's the start of a trilogy that I may or may not bother to finish since this didn't really knock my socks off. The accents are pretty thick as well.
Red Riding: 1974 follows a twenty-something rookie journalist who is investigating a series of child abduction murders that lead him down a very dark path which he cannot turn back from. His investigation leads him to a major corruption scheme where everyone around him seems to be involved in - The paper, the police, the clergy, and (of course) the richest men in town. This was a gorgeous film - I was wide-eyed at how many of the shots were composed; The acting was also stellar, Andrew Garfield was well cast as the protagonist. However, the film felt a bit long - it’s pace slowed drastically in the middle and I even caught my eye lids getting heavy! Red Riding:…
Interesting British procedural about corruption and serial murder. Great cast and atmosphere, but a little too typical for me to enjoy it as much as some.
Nice moody piece, reminiscent of film noir.
1974 is nicely recreated here. Good use of slow dolly shots to move us gently further into this twisted story.
Rebecca Hall is a wonderful femme fatale.
And Sean Bean is a terrific baddie.
Only false note is Andrew Garfield. I love this actor's other work (Social Network, Never Let Me Go). But here, he's horribly miscast. Not credible in the part. Annoying.
Film 2 of "The December Challenge 4"
1st time watch
I literally knew nothing about this film prior to hearing about it some time ago, and I had only heard about it by name. I didn't know any of the actors, the story, anything. I quickly fell right in step with it and was loving the film. The mystery pulled me right in.
I'm a fan of UK films, they usually have a very high level of entertainment value to me, and this one hit the highest levels. The story takes place in Northern England and I obviously don't know the ways of the Island, especially in the 70's, but the portrayal of corruption there compared to Southern…
A list of formally or visually experimental films and video pieces based on true-life cases. I'm not looking here for…
Complete list. :-(