a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…
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 character taking part in…
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…
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.
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…
This film is categorized by many as one of the most difficult films to watch.
Well, that isn't so. No ma'am.
It is maddening in its suggestion and choice of bland characters without a sense of consequences. I cannot give out anymore. For one, if I let it out, I will be spoiling it for the potential viewer. On the other hand the potential viewer does not need anything to figure out what the fuck is happening during the first ten minutes.
"Red White & Blue" tries very hard with its digital film-making, its NC-17 rating (uncut), the female lead (Amanda Fuller) who looks like Emilia Clarke from "Terminator Genisys, 2015" and Noah Taylor as Nate. A man who is without…
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.
A low key, character driven horror movie. In the final act it really plays off the investment that we have in the charracters to good effect. A solid film.
Miserabilist drama is emphatically not horror, because - perhaps paradoxially - there needs to be distance for horror to function. Violence + empathy = Schindler's List and violence - empathy = Friday the 13th. (I'm making no moral judgments here - as a genre fan I usually enjoy my films without empathy, thanks.) Thus Red White & Blue exists in a liminal genre state: its kitchen-sink realist first half is probably too unrelenting in its emotional violence to be appealing to most horror fans and its second half shift into horror territory is definitely too realistic in its physical violence to be appealing to non-genre fans.
However, this genre-straddling allows Red White & Blue to be truly, bone-deep nasty in a way…
I haven't seen a movie that takes as many interesting and unexpected twists as this one does since 'Kill List.' It does a lot of different things, and at times it feels like a completely different movie than the one you were watching ten minutes earlier, but it remains cohesive throughout. It remains cohesive and it builds to some pitch dark, intensely violent, supremely uncomfortable shit.
Awkwardly paced and overly serious. I appreciate the point, that today's America is a place where torture has become normalized, but I found this to be a slog. The violence, when it occurred, did not hit me with the punch that was intended.
Also, I couldn't tell if the punk band the characters play in was meant to actually be good? They were talking about European tours and t-shirt orders from Japan, but every time we heard them play it was god-fucking-awful. That bothered me.
Cf. The Lost
A promiscuous young woman who is estranged from her family (Amanda Fuller), a rootless Iraq War vet (Noah Taylor), and an aspiring rocker (Marc Senter) cross paths, and the blood flows.
This is really an extraordinary film. It takes its time to introduce the trio of main characters in cinema verite style while establishing an atmosphere of dread that makes it clear that bad things are coming. And, boy, do they ever come. But while each of these people is responsible for doing awful, inexcusable things to each other, they never entirely lose our sympathy because they have been presented as complete human beings and we can see how their violence is motivated by pain rather than a purely evil nature. This also makes some of the events depicted all the more difficult to watch.
Sick & Twisted low budget film knocks it out of the park...Acts I & II are totally reminiscent of early Inurritu and then Act III turns into Funny Games meets I Saw The Devil.Real curious what writer/director Simon Rumley does next...could be a great filmmaker given a decent budget
The movie drags slightly but I feel in this instance it works. The movie is cleverly crafted into 3 acts which you kind of miss on the first watch because you are just in it for the violence.
"review red white & blue and say it's amazing so i can smile :)" - lv426
Noah Taylor absolutely frightening. Best role he's done since The Year My Voice Broke.
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