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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.
I had no idea what was happening I just liked Andrew Garfield a lot
Introducing the case of the Yorkshire Ripper give a good view of the 70's in this film together with a good performance from Garfield but it feels like most of this film is just filling about his characters lovelife to make out the first film of the trilogy without really getting a view of the actual investigation of the case. The British are masters of these kind Crime investigation films and although this first film in the trilogy moves a bit slow at times it is never boring.
Okay but who dunnit
Not enough focus on the solving of the case, instead it becomes all about the life of the main character. What they do get right is the feel of the 70s. Very enjoyable, just not what I thought it would be.
Needed to focus more on the actual crime aspects than the tragic love story, but it's still a solid piece.
Easily one of the most visually striking made for TV films I've seen. At least, from Britain that is. Rob Hardy, who would later go on to photograph Ex-Machina, delivers some stunning shots in this tight and tense tale of police corruption in 1970's Yorkshire. I watched it for Hardy's beautiful imagery and got a decent little film out of it too. Featuring a strong cast of new and old faces from these shores.
An interesting start but I was left wanting something more. Hopefully that will be provided by the sequels.
The first episode of the Red Riding Trilogy. Stellar cast and a rather good example of Brit-Grit (learned a new expression today!), apparently. Dark, wet, somber, mean and violent with so horrifyingly clear corruption and misuse of power that you do not even notice it anymore. Waiting to see how the story develops in the following chapters.
Every movie, novel or piece of news from this point on will have to bear comparison to this: Yorkshire, as depicted in the film, is the most asphyxiating autocracy that I was ever presented with. No Shire, fictional or not has ever been reigned by a kingpin quite as omnipotent. And hell is a topic literature/history obviously concerns itself with a hell of a lot.
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