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A surprisingly violent and striking film by Kevin Smith, no more ironic but critical and nightmarish in his approach to an absurd and excessive story of guns, rednecks and anti-state environment. Smith leaves irony, a black and dark one, at the end, when the film seems to take another unpredictable direction. But the good thing about it, is that this is not a torture film like the awful and pointless stuff produced by Eli Roth, but a moral provocation where, getting to end of the story, you do not feel confident you've been supporting the right side.... Smith is also talented in casting Michael Parks and Melissa Leo and giving them lifetime roles
I've always been a great fan of Kevin Smith and his comedies, but I'm also a great fan of horror and thrillers so I was very keen to see this film. Red State is a very good movie with plenty of suspense and twists. It still has the feel of a smith movie with some of the dialogue, but I think someone who dislikes his previous comedies could still enjoy this.
Superb and very creepy performances, especially from Michael Parks and Melissa Leo. It's not like anything I've ever seen before, it's creepy, tense, action packed, explosive, funny, surprising, shocking . . . it really keeps you guessing as to where the film is heading. A very different film from the guy who brought us Jay and Silent Bob! :o)
Something different from Kevin Smith. Nothing like his Viewaskew pictures, but just as unique. There is a reasonable making of, but unfortunately no commentary. Smith usually revels in commentaries so it's a shame not to have it.
First off this movie is very Brutal, and if confinement is a strong suite for you don’t watch, “It’s one thing to say that you’re Politically correct” but then again it’s sad to see where you went wrong, the way this movie starts out like “Porky’s” had me saying to my-self where in hell is he (Dir. Kevin Smith) going with this, then all of a-sudden I was hit with this tremendous thud of force of will-power... of not to stop watching this movie, if you can read the term “Red State”an think about it for a-while of it’s meaning, I’ll leave it there, let’s get to “Michael Parks” (We Are What We Are)” (From Dusk Till Dawn) there is a calm an deliberate way he portrays every character he dose, if this man were to stand in-front of me an give a speech I think I would succumb to his powers of be, what an bloody outstanding portrayal of acting I’ve ever Seen, an then there is “Melissa Leo” oh my good-lord this woman is good, I would really like to add some more but like the one reviewer Stuart Manwell said you should not know more, see it at will, an please I can’t forget “Mr. John Goodman this is the best I’ve seen from him, there is no Cliché Bull-Crap to this, so if that’s what you like you’ll never find it, Here, 89 min you’ll desperately want to re-live again. Thanks' for reading, Runtime 89 Min. 16x9 1.85 Widescreen. English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio. I Think I’ll Go Wow Wow.....
Great and conscious film about craziness in American religious far right mixed with the love of guns. Kevin Smith tries to leave behind his New Jersey cosmos and tries luck with conscious cinema. Critics were hard with this film but knowing Kevin Smith's path with religion is a necessary film to get rid of craziness, prejudice and bigotry. A must-to-watch even if you dont like this kind of experiments. Old Kevin Smith's fans would like to see his career becoming more serious.
I'm a bit torn since I enjoy Kevin Smith movies, but perhaps he's too far out of his element here. A cross between Tarantino and the Coen brothers without being as good as either. Still, there are good elements. John Goodman was good, and Michael Parks was amazing.