We're about half way through the Underrated Series and have finally reached one of the big genres. I'm expecting lots…
Set in Middle America, a group of teens receive an online invitation for sex, though they soon encounter Christian fundamentalists with a much more sinister agenda.
In the first half, this was a movie about Jesus.
In the second, Jesus just shit himself.
I'm really not sure what to think of Kevin Smith's film Red State. I sort of hated it and I sort of liked it at the same time. I'll just settle for 2.5 stars. It was okay, I guess?
"You said this was going to be a simple in-and-out, sir. Simple just shit itself." - Joe Keenan
There's something about this film that hopelessly endearing. It's like a baby being birthed into the world; confused, lost, messy and gory from all of the afterbirth that's come after it, but ever so lovable. You think that's a weird analogy? Red State is a weird film.
Beginning as an immature and unfunny teen comedy, turning into a religious torture-porn movie, then twisting itself into a siege movie and ending a religious satire that leaves a massive grin plastered across your face at the end of a relatively short 80 minutes, it's probably one of the most schizophrenic movies of all time.…
Kevin Smith loves to attract controversy, and with organised religion once again his particular target he does it on himself. Red State is a deviation from his comedic roots. Another pop this tie at hard line Christian fundamentalists, he does go over the score with his fervent rhetoric of these crazy nutters. Gay hating,America hating, government hating, these are people portrayed as on the fringe of society,but are there really people like this? Years ago America had the government debacle that was Waco, and although this is not based on any real events, this does echo those days and have an agenda.Evil men on both sides conspire to cross a line that brings mayhem.
Teenagers with loose morals, looking for…
I didn't have high hopes for this one since anything outside of comedy isn't a strong point for Kevin Smith. John Goodman and Michael Parks were the standouts while everyone else was there to absorb bullets. Slow pacing and jarring shifts in both tone and logic don't make for a good film. Visually impressive for a shoestring budget, but it just wasn't good at all.
The beginning was promising until the dyslexic editing and camera man with a seizure showed up. I honestly believe that was worse than Michael Bay. Its difficult to feel sorry for anyone in the film except the actors who were dumb enough to accept the project. Which asshole was I supposed to root for? Normally…
I tweeted the following to Kevin Smith:
"To lament, Red State is so fucking good on re-watch, I apologise for not liking it the first time around *whips self*"
Lunchbox only went and hit that favourite button!
Desaprovechadísima a todos los niveles, tan solo con aprovechar más a Michael Parks (que se come la pantalla cada vez que sale) y el tema de los chavales podría haber salido algo grande, pero se queda en una flojez enorme, una pseudolección de cómo funciona EEUU y un tiroteo laaaaargo y aburrido.
Red State is eery, creepy, fun, and sometimes darkly funny. It isn't all of what it should be, but damn it's good.
Kevin Smith's action-horror on fanatics starts terribly, finds its footing in the middle, but ends extremely anti-climatically.
Growing up in a relentlessly homophobic city (my high school actively campaigned for Prop 8 during my stay) and experiencing both the physical and psychological front of people's hatred first hand makes this movie particularly special for me. Not just for its blatant stance or even its carnage but for its realism in depicting the zealous persecution. Its almost goofy when you hear it but trust me its pretty spot on with Michael Parks being one of the scariest figures I've seen on screen.
From a less personal stance I applaud the ambition. I'm all about mixing up narrative form and genre conventions however experimental. While I'll be the first to admit it doesn't fully succeed at least I never…
A jarring departure from Kevin Smith's previous comedic efforts. I know that Smith probably intended to offend Christians like myself, but I wasn't. The film points out an old adage - "Even the devil can quote scripture." Michael Parks portrayed this particular devil with a creepy insanity that made me a tad uncomfortable.
I have a great deal of respect for Smith. His previous works were some of my favorite films in my early 20s. And I admire that he got this film funded all on his own. The film is decent, just not my cup of tea.
Didn't appreciate Smith's simplistic, ignorant whacks at the war on terror, either.
I am a fan of Kevin Smith so was excited to see his first horror movie. While the plot is original, the execution could've been a little better. The church cult was a little lame in my opinion and overall not the gore that I was hoping for. Not a bad movie, perhaps my expectations where just a little high given Kevin Smith's past work. John Goodman is great as always and the ending, are they serious?
It starts well but after a while it becomes neglected and crazy so I lost all my interest in it by then and its disappointing end doesn't help either.
What begins as pure terror gets caught in the crossfire of tiresome action sequences and awkward tonal shifts.
Smith has made something awesome here. The premise is great. The pacing was a little off during the entire film. The pastor (Parker) wasn't as convincing as he should have been. The movie does its work on the mind by shaking up who is good and who is evil. Great work.
Horror movies are by far my favorite, so I've decided to make a list with all of them I remember…
Contains every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the letterboxd database.
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