Red State: a kidnapping, turns into a hostage situation, which goes south pretty quickly from there. Be warned: this is nothing like anything Kev Smith previously done. For me, Smith films are defined by his ridiculously snappy / witty / unrealistic dialogue – none of those traits were overly abundant, but conversations are still not quite natural. There’s a mumble jumble of social commentary, gunfighting, politics, government handling of situations and blood-splattering gore; none of which were pushed to the front of the film, giving it a bouncy tone and a premise that constantly changes. In saying that, it’s all quite enjoyable and entertaining at the time, but ultimately the cinema equivalent of junk food – it fills a 90 minute void -isn’t too memorable! Cast-wise, Goodman steals every scene, but is closely followed by Park’s ultra-extreme rambling hate Baptist. It reminded me a lot of Burn after Reading in a ‘govt f-up’ way, especially the abrupt wrap-up, although it’s not quite in the same league.
I thought this movie was pretty lame. As you said, it didn’t know what it wanted to be, and the end result suffered because of this.
Oh dear, I was hoping Kevin Smith would return to form after some truly awful films. Looks like he has simply lost any talent he had.
Propaganda filmmaking at its…well, it’s propaganda filmmaking. Really, Smith wants us to think he’s just making a horror film, but Red State wears his political leanings so much on its sleeve that this ceases to be narrative fiction and sort of just becomes a series of moments in which religious extremists are taken to task. I can’t say I necessarily disagree with the spirit of his sentiment but it’s not woven into his plot at all; it’s overt, in your face, and as a result the film fails to work on any level. It doesn’t help that he can’t decide what sort of film he’s making, either.
Agreed on Parks and Goodman; they’re great. Just not enough that they can save the movie.
There are signs of Kevin Smith growing up, but then there’s that ending…. I’ve not been that angry by an ending since I watched the Game…