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.
"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.…
Part of the No Rewatch November 2012 Project.
I waited for a while to watch this because I wasn't sure I wanted to see a Kevin Smith movie that was actually about anything. The Kevin Smith I have always loved is the king (along with Linklatter) of the Slacker Film and the man who paved the way for people like the Apatown Crew with this dick and fart humor that was really only a loose shell covering a believable and wonderful humanness. That he was now going around trying to actually make philosophical points wasn't something I relished the idea of. I knew the day would come when I would have to give it a look but I put it…
Kevin Smith takes the horrible acts of maniacal religious extremists like the Westboro Baptist Church and takes it to its next logical step. Which is probably the scariest thing about this film.
Smith has done 'religion' before, with Dogma poking various holes in Catholicism, but while that was laced with comedy, and plenty of dick and fart jokes by way of Jay and Silent Bob, here he goes very serious. Something that he has never really done before (as shown by the flick's tagline "An unlikely film from that Kevin Smith"). It's a little odd to get used to at first, as it's only really through John Goodman's interaction with the criminally underused Kevin Pollack that we see any of…
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…
A white trash horror movie.
Red State is as good as that sounds.
It sounds pretty mediocre doesn't it?
Well, that would be correct. And it's a real shame as Kevin Smith clearly has so much brilliant material. He just can't seem to put them into any truly great movies.
Red State is however, superbly shot and impeccably acted. Chuck in the diamond editing, and it's actually a pretty great spectacle. It pitches Smith bang into Coen zone. And it looks like a place he belongs. If he sticks here for a couple more movies I feel he may yet strike gold. Again?....
For now though, we get a great looking movie that doesn't actually give its viewer anything. There's…
Bit of a mess. John Goodman is very late to arrive but does make a valiant effort to redeem the thing.
Film #9 Of The December Project 2013
Letter - R
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With it's weird tonal change from gritty horror film to straight action, it's willingness to kill seemingly anyone off, and it's vague-if-existent message, Red State is a strange film. Strange doesn't mean bad though, and I didn't love it but you certainly can't fault it for being pretty damn entertaining. It also has both Badger and Skylar from Breaking Bad.
Obviously Red State focuses on an extreme religious organization similar to the Westboro Baptist Church with more guns. They hate homosexuals, and one of the most captivating and interesting scenes in the whole movie is the ten or so minute long 'sermon' scene…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This movie's rating could have easily been 4 stars had Kevin Smith been been able to pull off his originally intended ending which had to be scrapped for budget reasons. You can read about it more here:
That being said it was interesting just to see Smith attempt a horror movie with next to no straight-up jokes.
If you're looking for a profound statement from Kevin Smith, then God help you (not that Smith doesn't try)... but I have to say, this is easily the most interesting that I've ever found Smith. Makes me wish he spent a lot more time making actual movies, and a lot less time making lame jokes with Jason Mewes.
Also, shame on every director who has never used Michael Parks.
It's really interesting to see Smith moving into more serious films, and this outing is one of the most polished and technically proficient I've seen him produce, but ultimately I found 'Red State' a confusing jumble of ideas - most of them good - mashed into a film. Even the usually incomparable John Goodman seems bemused. The bright point, however, is Michael Parks. And astounding, compelling performance that you simply can't look away from, delivered with utter conviction, sinister persuasiveness, and down-home charisma makes for an amazing character who's hard not to watch and enjoy.
This seems to be less a film, and more a cathartic milestone in Kevin Smith's journey as a filmmaker, and I can't recommend it. But…
Meh. kinda stoopid.
Pelicula de Kevin Smith mucho más seria de lo que estamos acostumbrados con escenas que incluso pone los pelos de punta y demuestra la inconsciencia del ser humano. Hay que verla.
Kevin Smith, you are a genius for this film. It was so good, and not what I expected at all. The plot had so many twists and turns. And the cast was all over the place, which was a real badass.