This is for the 2015 (1st) edition of the list. For the 2016 (2nd) edition, go here.
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.
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.
Wow. That was messed up.
And really compelling. Glued to my seat.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
A slow-burn thriller that's so brutal, so nihilistic, that I almost felt guilty for liking it as much as I did. Even now, after letting it settle for a couple days, I'm not sure if it's more than an exercise in depravity. To wit:
1) Erica embarks on a series of joyless sexual encounters which she explains away at one point as the product of losing her virginity to her stepfather at the age of four.
2) Erica knowingly infects Franki, a generally good-natured bro in a band, with HIV
3) Franki and his three bandmates kidnap Erica and eventually kill her
4) Nate, a creepy drifter guy Erica had befriended, goes on a revenge spree of his own, tracking…
This description does not even a little bit of justice to the film. Watch it and see.
Despite the gruesome, hard-to-watch denouement, this isn't your standard slasher movie - far from it. There are no clear-cut heroes or villains in Red, White & Blue: all the characters are complex, deeply damaged people, which can make it hard on the viewer to decide who to root for, exactly. Add to this an unusual but highly effective editing style, a haunting, expertly employed score, and some stellar, fearless performances, and you've got yourself a modern horror classic.
Red White & Blue is a hard hitting, pitch-black, tragic and very original revenge drama where everything that can go wrong goes wrong. If you haven't seen it before don't read anything about it, just watch it! Red White & Blue is a real gem.
Honestly, the last 30 minutes of this movie freaked me out so badly that I feel like I could have had a much better time just throwing myself into oncoming traffic over and over again for ninety minutes straight.
I have health insurance.
Anyway, Red, White & Blue is billed as a revenge flick (and is also tagged as "black comedy" on Wikipedia, which is a goddamn LIE), which is the closest I can come to describing it. However, RW&B is unique in the genre because it presents all of its characters as complicated human beings deserving of introspection and (maybe) sympathy, and it absolutely refuses to let you enjoy what happens, even if you instinctively think it's what the victims…
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