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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.
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.
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.
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…
Little girl goes missing, the pack salivates. If it bleeds it leads, right?
Andrew Garfield surprised the hell out of me in this. I had only seen him in The Social Network and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, both of which don't come close to displaying his acting skills like he did in this.
The movie is incredibly well shot and directed by Julian Jarrold. The tone of the film is perfectly captured from the beginning and doesn't let up till the end. It's a miracle that it didn't send me into a depression as it's very bleak.
The movie is sold as a serial killer movie, but the murders are almost just used as a backdrop for…
Incredibly bleak and heart-wrenching, this crime thriller is magnificently set in the 70s and through Garfield's extraordinary performance immerses you in the world of English police, political and journalistic corruption while he tries to find the link between the disappearances of three little girls over the course of a few years.
I really enjoyed the performances, obviously Garfield's, but the set pieces, the costume design, ultimately the ambience this film creates makes you believe you have been transported back in time to 1974.
The first of three movies dealing with a sprawling police investigation in Yorkshire, along with a dozen other suplots, stories and characters. The whole thing is kicked off when a little girl goes missing and our first main character, a journalist played by the always brilliant Andrew Garfield, thinks the disappearance can be linked to previous cases, believing this to be the work of a serial killer.
He's right, of course; people in crime stories usually are whenever they draw the "serial killer"-card.
But this film isn't about finding out who it is, or why, or how. This is about police corruption, life in the 70's English countryside, where the cops do what they…
Devastating. The best thing to come out of English television in years. Gave me a whole new respect for Andrew Garfield.
Fairly standard crime territory here - murdered kids, shady land deals, corrupt cops, copious whiskey - but the style is fucking gorgeous. Confident, accomplished visual shorthand does the heavy lifting, letting the dialogue breathe naturally - very little exposition here. Pleasant surprise.
Seen it on streaming, but never got to the 3rd part, so I thought I'd start over with the DVDs. Great, sad, story.
Primera part de la trilogía Red Riding. Noir fred, sec, depriment que, a més, retrata bé l'Anglaterra de 1974.
The first film in The Red Riding Trilogy follows journalist Eddie Dunford (Andrew Garfield) into a world of rampant police and political corruption.
In the opening scenes, Eddie Dunford breezes into his new position as a reporter for Yorkshire Post, trying to make a name for himself on a recent child murder case. As he digs further, he finds a connection between other missing children, stumbling into a serial killer case that no one seems to want solved.
While it's true that Garfield's Dunford is the film's protagonist, the true star of the film is England herself, set in a period of economic and political uncertainty just before Margaret Thatcher's appointment to Prime Minister would swing the country's politics to…
This was a very frustrating story, one of child abuses, injustice and a corrupt police force.
But it's really well put together and features an excellent cast, some strong writing and brilliant design and structure.
It's not a nice watch but it is of such a high standard that it really deserves a viewing.
Been meaning to watch for a while, but it was not at all what I expected. Bleak. Plot a little familiar to some other recent watches (The Bletchley Circle, The Fall), although some choices seemed baffling. Not sure if I want to see the next two.
This Brit production plays like a convoluted TV series who-done-it, only with terrific production in cinematography. The use of camera angles, depth of field, focus and light are truly noteworthy.
The story hinges on a string of missing young girls and a theory of connectivity by a young journalist that leads him into a Byzantium tale of corruption in high places. The tale becomes a kind of police procedural, only with the journalist doing the investigating. With each clue he discovers he is drawn more and more into a dark abyss where he doesn’t really want to go. He simply wants to discover the whereabouts of the young girls, not become a whistle blower – although ironically some menacing folks…
Watching the British Channel 4-made high quality TV movie reminded me of those Hong Kong Triad movies back in the 1980s and early 1990s when police are corrupted and vied for their own welfare, more than contributing to the safety and justice of the society.
This is a wonderful trilogy based on David Peace's Red Riding Quartet, 4 books which involved the West Yorkshire Constabulary from the mid 1970s to early 1980s, on how they would go in cahoots to gather wealth and benefit for themselves, even in the expense of sacrificing innocent lives.
The first part known as "1974", a reporter Dunfold (Andrew Garfield) got tangled in unraveling a case in which a serial disappearance of little girls, which…
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