Film Review: Red State

Written and Directed by: Kevin Smith
Stars: John Goodman, Michael Parks and Melissa Leo.

“The performance from Michael Parks alone is worth watching this movie many times over.”


What Is ‘Red State’ About?

Three horny teenagers can’t believe their luck when they meet a woman online who says she wants to hook up with all three of them at once. But the promise of sex is a trap, and the boys find themselves in the hands of Abin Cooper (Michael Parks), a lunatic preacher who spews so much hatred that even neo-Nazis stay away. Cooper means to kill the trio for their sins, prompting a desperate bid for escape.
Meanwhile Joseph Keenan (John Goodman) is poised on the outside ready to lead a task force of ATF agents in a seige that will put an end to Cooper and his beloved church.

Why Did I Watch ‘Red State’?

In recent months I’ve become fascinated by Kevin Smith. His stand up shows are very funny, he has numerous podcasts which are all very entertaining and he has given a number of very honest interviews talking about his time as a film maker.
Red State is argueably rated one of Smith’s best. The story was interesting to me because of its documented social commentary on belief and the disturbing lengths people will go to when they feel entitled.
Kevin has also given a detailed account on his struggles getting this movie made and his decision to distribute the movie himself.

What I Liked About ‘Red State’

Michael Parks is amazing in this film. Smith has admitted, in an interview, that the whole story centres around his character and Cooper was written specifically with Parks in mind.
It was great to see John Goodman in a role that would normally be reserved for a muscle ripped film star.
There are also lots of twists in the film, especially when the bullets start flying. It’s one of those films where no one feels safe, I loved that about this film.

What I Didn’t Like About ‘Red State’

At the beginning of this film you’re following three teenagers, and the performances didn’t start strong for me. Things step up massively after you’re about thirteen minutes in, but that first few minutes of the film needed to be overcome before I could get into the film.

Good Or Bad?

Was this film any good? Yes, superb.
Would I recommend it? Yes, absolutely.
Would I watch it again? Definitely, the performance from Michael Parks alone is worth watching this movie many times over.

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