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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.
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?
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.…
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…
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…
In a lot of ways Kevin Smith crafted a remarkably interesting and fair portrait of what would happen if a religious cult became an even more extreme version of Westboro. (In fact one of the agents in the movie calls the psychos "Phelps with guns.").
But in terms of actual story, Smith falters. There is a disconnect between the beginning characters and their strife, and the last 1/3rd of the film. And while Red State flows logically from an acutely plot standpoint, we lose what we're resonating with emotionally and Smith never really gives us anything else to latch on to, making the last twenty minutes of the movie feel like pointless plot resolution.
probs the most important film of our generation
Oh, this movie...
Ever since this came out this is like a typical Kevin Smith movie from the past 10 years and like the man himself, it riles up people in an incredible way and it's incredibly polarizing. Me, I pretty much avoid watching Kevin Smith movies; I don't hate them all... one day I need to watch the ones I actually enjoy for this site; you know, like the Clerks films or Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back. Before this the newest one I saw was Cop Out... well, technically it was so awful and Tracy Morgan was the most noxious entity in human history I could only watch the first 15 minutes before turning it off in disgust but…
I have to say this is a big departure from previous Kevin Smith films.Red State is a really smart concept.It's also a really wild movie that blends horror and action very well.It also has a political edge to it.The group in the film is clearly based on the Phelps family.If any family deserves ridicule it's them.
For the most part this doesn't feel like your average Kevin Smith movie.It's more mature than most of his other films (atleast in some ways).There are some of his usual humor that I have to say feels slightly out of place.At times it can feel like 2 maybe 3 films fighting with each other.The film works for the most part,and ends up being pretty enjoyable.
Red State is a departure for Kevin Smith, but only from a visual standpoint. Everything else is his typical work. Anyone expecting a horror movie will be disappointed. Most of the film is a dialogue-heavy drama about the police trying to stop radical Christians from creating violence and mayhem. Half the running time is Michael Parks preaching and John Goodman complaining. And the ending is anti-climatic, despite its good message.
This entire film made me feel the kind of nausea/extreme distress that I haven't experienced since the end of Cannibal Holocaust. I'm dizzy and impacted and to be frank I just want to go hug my mother right now
A well made horror/action flick by....Kevin Smith???
This movie had a lot of hype in the smodcast world. I think it lived up to it for the most part. Michael Parks is the highlight, obviously.
Like this movie, but I don't like how Kevin Smith thinks he writes monologues like Tarantino. He does not write monologues like Tarantino.
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