Red State

October 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

I’ve been a fan of Kevin Smith’s work since the late-nineties and I don’t mind his movies outside his View Askewniverse saga. Jersey Girl is watchable despite being overshadowed by the first Bennifer relationship, Zach And Miri Make A Porno is also watchable even though it is kinda Apatowesque and I do have to say that Cop Out is watchable. And Also, He’s misblamed for that one since the script is written by the Cullen Brothers and their previous works involves television shows and a flash cartoon starring Kelsey Grammer.

Yes, It is a clichéd cop comedy, there are jokes are little laughable and it is Kevin’s lowest-point in his filmography but again, He’s misblamed so throw the bone at the screenwriters instead. So anyway, I’m getting ready to talk about probably one of the best movies to come out this year – Red State. Yeah, I think I said of what you just read – This movie is possibly one of the best flicks of 2011. It might the top of them all but then again, I saw Melancholia and I can’t figure which is better (I might have to seen both those movies again and make the final decision).

The film starts with three teenagers Travis, Jarod and Billy Ray (Michael Angarano, Kyle Gallner and Nicholas Braun) whom are about to lose their virginity to Sara (Melissa Leo) but despite them knowing that she’s the wife of Pastor Abin Cooper (Michael Parks), They have fallen to the trap and become potential victims of a religious cult known as Five Points Church that is partly influenced by Fred Phelps and Westboro Baptist Church. While captured, ATF Agent Joseph Keenan (John Goodman) gets a call from Sheriff Wynan (Stephen Root) about the recent events and crazy shit happens that makes this horror movie becomes something else.

Despite its mixed reactions involving the movie, I’m gonna say that I have fun watching this and it’s the most fun I have involving a horror movie since Land Of The Dead. The acting is very good, The storyline is well done, There is even an amount of comedy in both the beginning and ending but in between it’s a little bit of horror and action involved (but it’s more of a psychological thriller). And I do say that I wanna know how the original ending (which is not filmed) turned out but we do get a good ending anyway so if you believe other critic’s word that involves “Don’t See This Movie”, Ignore him or her because this is exactly what a horror movie is all about. Not some pussified remake or doing-it-for-cash sequels, This one is one of the better examples.


And before I’m done with this review, I will tell you on how I came to see it. I’ve seen it in a special screening held by Popcorn Taxi a couple of weeks back (yes, I saw it a couple of weeks before writing this review) and it’s more than a screening of a movie but with Popcorn Taxi, You might get surprises involved like a Q&A with the people involved in this movie and couple other stuff so if you live in an Australian area, I suggest you should check out because that’s the place for aussie moviegoers to check out the movies and more. Also Seriously, Go see this movie.


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