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.
"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's film is a relatively decent concept with some fantastic actors that is shot to shit by the absolute worst execution a film like this could receive. It's too exploitative to meet its message seriously, and too serious about its message to satisfy on an exploitative level.
The film is just crying for someone to come in and help Kevin Smith pull off a smarter film that truly rocks you to your core. Sadly, the film as it exists is too weird of a film to do anything but leave you baffled.
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…
Though it starts out with some typically easy Kevin Smith vulgarity, RED STATE becomes a seriously gruesome, seriously dark satire of vindictive Christian neocon zealotry. It has the beats of teen goofball exploitation, suburban horror, and then grungy suspense, but at no point -- even after reading reviews, learning of the 'Smith offers his work to distributors, then buys it himself' production imbroglio, etc. -- could I easily report what kind of film this was.
Three teens, on the pretext of random sex, get caught in an area neo-fascist/neo-Christian cult's web, where they're to be held up as fornicators and punished. What follows is somewhat the cult's story, somewhat the teens' escape attempts, and somewhat an official ATF raid on…
I listen to SModcast and have been hearing about this constantly for a year, so it’s nice to finally see it. Such a huge departure for Kevin Smith. If it wasn’t for all his buddies peppered throughout the cast (Ralph Garman, wife Jen Schwalbach, Kevin Pollack, etc) and the classic final line of the movie I would have trouble believing he made it.
There are a few weak moments with the cops during the shoot-out before the trumpets begin, but until then it’s perfectly paced and one of the tautest horror movies I’ve seen in ages. Great performances all round, too.
I’m really thrilled for Smith. He gets so much shit from people (and sometimes deservedly so) but this is going to be harder for people to write off. I saw a nice tweet directed at him the other day: “You haven’t made a good movie since Red State.”
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Red State doesn't know whether it is a horror, action film, drama movie, or comedy.
I've watched quite a bit of Kevin Smith's films lately, and I gotta say, his sexually driven dialogue is getting really old and tired.
While not nearly as politically one-sided as I had anticipated, as a film, I feel that the tension and buildup was for nothing because of the rushed, abrupt ending.
A new low of for Kevin Smith in filmmaking. I know he was trying to take a serious turn, but he failed in this movie.
this was written by kevin smith?! holy toledo. respect.
I skipped this film until now because I didn't think it would appeal to me. But it is quite good, and not what I expected.
One day later I am amending my review from four and a half stars to a full five. This movie is a small masterpiece.
Some reviewers have commented that the film is "sloppy." It is not. What this film does do, and does it well, is subvert. It starts off as a teen sex comedy that is not funny, as another reviewer observed. It then becomes, in turn, a horror film, an action film, before you discover what it actually is – a dark satire.
I am sure some people are disappointed in this film…
Red State is the supposed first horror film from writer and director, Kevin Smith, about a few horny high school boys who meet up with a woman for sex, only to be drugged and kidnapped and held hostage by religious fanatic, Abin Cooper.
While the premise is interesting and could turn out to be well made, the final result is a mess. Smith calling this a horror film is about as absurd as the casting of Ben Affleck as Batman. You can certainly say that themes that are present are scary and the actions of these fanatics are scary, but the atmosphere is not there. Smith should have focused on this being a thriller than a "Kevin Smith Horror Film".…
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