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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.
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.…
Well this isn't a horror film at all, is it? In fact, it's barely a film.
It's fucking crap, I'll say that. But because it's not a horror I guess I can't get too mad that it's another slab of turd that I've lumbered myself with during this largely disastrous project, where every decent film I've watched has been greeted by me like I've just been given the all-clear from recovering from a terminal disease.
I'm NOT a Kevin Smith hater. I liked Clerks, Mallrats, Dogma and Clerks 2, so let's just brush that under the carpet right away. Plus I don't follow him on social media and I don't really know what…
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…
Kevin Smith loves to attract controversy, and with organised religion once again his particular target he does bring it on himself. Red State is a deviation from his comedic roots. Another pop this time 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…
Bursting onto the independent film circuit with his debut film “Clerks”, Kevin Smith emerged as an exciting new voice in independent cinema, with Smith soon developing a reputation for films featuring clever dialogue and frequent pop culture references, though despite his early films showing great promise, he soon seemed to be selling out his writing talent for the easier laughs of dick and fart jokes with many of his fanbase seeing the controversial “Dogma” which poked fun at Catholism and Catholic Dogma as the high water mark of his talent, especially with the films which followed such as the underrated “Jersey Girl” frequently failing to hit the same levels of humour as his earlier films. An option which was seemingly…
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This was a pretty weird sequel to Sky High
Kevin Smith is someone I will always respect because he really made middle school me want to be a filmmaker. Even though his track record has been more than spotty these past few years, I still gave him the benefit of the doubt because he's tackling one of my favorite subjects: cults. He sets his aim at the Waco disaster and the Westboro Baptist Church and... sorta hits it? The final ten minutes really get it, but the rest of the film doesn't feel cohesive in the slightest. He creates characters only to kill them moments later throughout the whole film and he refuses to let you get attached to a…
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Genre hopping (teen sex comedy, exploitation, cult-based horror, action thriller stand-off, existential black comedy) madness that doesn’t allow for a generically satisfactory resolution to any of its specific genre components yet, by doing so, resolves each and the film entire with more realism than would’ve otherwise been possible. Unexpected.
This is my fave Kevin Smith directed film after the Jay and silent Bob era. Michael Parks rocks it as always. John Goodman is very good as the ATF agent. The story is well done and plausible. My only complaint is the budget didn't allow for the original ending with the rapture and all. That aside I highly recommend it.
Kevin Smith? Really? Well done
I'd pretty much written Kevin Smith off after Cop Out, a meandering and unfunny mess that made me loose faith that he could pull off anything remotely interesting anymore.
But I guess I really under estimated him.
This is a fine achievement, interesting, stylish and classy, three words i never thought I would describe a Kevin Smith film.
I don't know that this is a reinvention of himself, I think any good filmmaker should be able to tell any story they find interesting and convey it in an organic and logical fashion to an audience and that is what he has done.
It's rich in ideas, has some impressive technique and terrific performances by an A grade cast. Michael Parks…
Has a suprisingly intense, intriguing and insane first half but unnecessarily hits the break after that with a disappointingly lame conclusion
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