Friends often ask me to recommend indie horror films on Netflix Instant. (American Netflix, sorry!) Now I can just send…
Red White & Blue
Three lives... bound together in blood
A woman attracts the attention of a psychotic former Army interrogator and an emotionally fragile young man caring for his ailing mother.
Why are you being nice to me?
A film that blends genres, not by mashing them together, but by going from one to the other organically. I think that's the reason it makes the final act so powerful as it feels earned instead of just an attempt at finishing big. The three acts also follow three separate characters exclusively while they are unknowingly part of the same story.
Written and directed by Simon Rumley, he shows an incredible knack for storytelling with an unusual structure that not only works, but creates great emotion in it's narrative. You would expect the story to jump around in time with three acts that each focus on a separate…
Now I know what it feels like to be the victim of a hit and run. This film ran me over and left me to die on my sofa....
Bloody hell, this was a hard film to watch. It relentlessly sucks you in, makes you care for its leads and in the end just kicks the ever loving crap out of you.
This of course only works if the acting is spot on and it is, but what is done best here is the pacing. This film is impeccably paced, it always keeps you guessing as to what it is trying to say and when it finally does, it's too late, you're done for.
I cannot recommend this film, that would be cruel, but still.....it is very, very good indeed.
This is a dark and disturbing revenge drama directed by Simon Rumley. The story follows three damaged characters, Erica (Amanda Fuller) cleans a hotel in return for free board during the day and at night cruise's the local bar's in search of random hook-ups to numb the pain of her dark secret, she forms an unlikely bond with Nate (Noah Taylor), a former interrogator in the army who maybe enjoyed his job a little too much. The third character is Franki (Marc Senter) a musician caring for his cancer stricken mother who had a drunken hook-up with Erica. As the film slowly progresses it becomes apparent that these three people are on a violent collision course towards a horrific final…
Red, White and Blue is an exploitation revenge movie with an art house sensibility. The film is split into three clear acts (hence the title) with each act focusing on one perspective of a single overarching story. What is unusual with the structure is that you don’t get any narrative overlaps between each perspective, the timeline always moves forward. It is a novel structure that both adds something new to proceedings but also causes issues for the film. Giving time to focus on the three main characters is helpful, and the clear split allows for some successful tonal shifts, but the ending lacks the emotional kick it needs to be more than just the sadistic revenge punchline that it is…
Simon Rumley is a deeply unhappy man and I sincerely hope someone would give him a hug and tell him it's gonna be okay.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I still don't really know what I think about Red White & Blue, but I have to say it was an effective exercise in psychological horror in that it kind of ruined my entire day yesterday. As for any sort of message to be that was supposed to be conveyed or any moral viewpoint you were supposed to come out with, I don't know. It seems to be a movie designed to beat you down relentlessly with scenes of hopeless violence, kind of like Martyrs, but without any triumph of human spirit or tastefulness, Red White and Blue seems content to just revel in the grime of it's hellishly brilliant script.
Red White and Blue can work on multiple levels, either…
God this was rough but so fucking good
Actors - B
Direction - B
Writing - C
Music - C
You can look at little directorial decisions that might set Red White & Blue apart, such as choosing to create three "acts" for the film to follow (each with their own main character), but while the little decisions serve to carve Red White & Blue's aesthetic the real draw is simple: There is real heart and character here that few movies can touch.
Erica (played by Amanda Fuller) is a twenty-something living the party life. She goes to bars, picks up men, and repeat. She doesn't want attachment, she doesn't want to see any of them again. Anyone who actually likes her before a sexual encounter is held at arms length, and viewed with more than a touch of suspicion.
I liked the bit where his face came off. The rest was pretty good too.
Excerpt from FrightFest 2010 diaries first published by Little White Lies
Three Kieslowskian hues (although the reference here is more to the US flag), three principal characters, three carefully demarcated (if not quite discrete) acts, and a bizarre triangle of sex, love and death. Like his previous feature The Living and the Dead, British writer/director Simon Rumley's Red White & Blue seems right at home at festivals like FrightFest without in any way conforming to our conventional expectations of genre. For here horror is rooted in finely sketched characters and in the formalist ellipses and symmetries of Rumley's storytelling rather than in the superficial appeal of monstrous bogeymen, special effects and sensory overload.
"Look, I don't stay over, I don't fall…
America feeds on violence, revenge and a warped sense of justice. Not to mention a lot of sex. Grotesque people do grotesque things to other grotesque people because of grotesque reasons. Got it, Mr. Rumley. And because of that, you inflict this thematically overreaching, aesthetically smug perversion of the torture genre on me - a die-hard liberal - who wound up longing for the scissors of a censor while watching the sad excuse for a bloodbath in the last thrity, forty minutes. It's like being shat and puked on the face. And that's inexcusable. Fuck this.
Wow. A bit of everything here, bar comedy. Powerful nonetheless and Noah Taylor's character goes places you kind of expect him to, but are surprised by nonetheless.
Well that made me depressed.
Three leads, three acts and the three colours of the American flag. Something that appears quite a lot in this film. I'm sure Rumley has his reasons. A hardcore drama about a promiscuous girl, a somewhat shady, yet friendly Iraq war veteran and a wannabe rockstar. All three of them suffering from the past or the present and when things get even tougher, the inevitable happens and the movie pretty much explodes into dark, harsh territory. An intense film that may require a strong stomach.
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