In Middle America, three horny teenagers travel to Cooper's Dell after responding to an older woman's online invitation for sex. However, their schoolboy fantasy turns sinister as Christian extremists, led by the twisted preacher Abin Cooper (Michael Parks), hold them captive in a compound known as the Five Points Church. As the Pastor and his congregation embark on a reign of terror forcing the boys to witness executions before being prepared for their own death, they have to contend with the arrival of Federal Agent Joseph Keenan (John Goodman) and his team who are... armed, dangerous and ready to bring them all down. Stylish, compelling and visually exhilarating, Red State is unlike anything Kevin Smith has ever made before. [show more]
Written, directed and distributed by Kevin Smith ('Clerks'), 'Red State' marks a return to form after the God awful 'Cop Out' and the less than stellar 'Jack and Miri make a porno'. Drawing heavily from the bloody siege of Waco, Texas in 1993 which saw an armed stand off between cult leader David Koresh and hordes of FBI and SWAT teams: The film works to set up every character in as much detail as possible before going all out for a thrilling, violent finale, which commendably depicts both the police and the cult in an equally negative light.
Smith uses the Stephen King narrative approach, employed to great effect by Robert Rodriguez in 'From Dusk till Dawn', by making it appear that the film is about one thing before dramatically shifting gears and turning its focus onto something else entirely. Michael Parks delivers an electrifying central performance as the cult's persuasive pastor, with a brilliant monologue / sermon that easily stands out as the best scene of the movie. John Goodman is also on fine form as a conflicted ATF agent who tries to keep his head (literally) as the bullets begin to fly. Melissa Leo puts in a terrifying turn as the group's fanatical matriarch whilst newcomer Kaylee DeFer delivers one of most realistic portrayals of panic you'll ever see, we never doubt her sincerity and you can't help but feel a bit sorry for this young woman who was born into the clan and is now in over her head.
Not known for his skills with the camera, preferring instead to let the dialogue do the work, here; Smith actually makes an effort with some sharp, slick shots, good, pacy editing and a tense siege / shootout that wouldn't seem out of place in a Michael Mann film. The only thing I would've changed would have been to end it after the shootout, and use a key character's speech there as a voiceover whilst leaving out the explanation about what that sound actually was. But it's a minor quibble in what's otherwise a gripping, darkly satirical piece by an auteur that's definitely back on track.
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Kevin Smith writes and directs this low-budget horror. When three sex-hungry teenaged boys answer an online advert from an older woman looking for kinky group sex, they soon find themselves fatally embroiled with a sinister religious cult led by preacher Abin Cooper (Michael Parks). Matters quickly get out of hand with the teenagers, who are being held captive at a church, witnessing the cult's other victims being killed. When ATF officer Joseph Keenan (John Goodman) learns of the goings-on at the church he launches an attack that results in a gun battle between all parties.
Please note this is a region B Blu-Ray and will require a region B or region free Blu-Ray player in order to play In Middle America three horny teenagers travel to Cooper&39;s Dell after responding to an older woman&39;s online invitation for sex However their schoolboy fantasy turns sinister as Christian extremists led by the twisted preacher Abin Cooper (Michael Parks) hold them captive in a compound known as the Five Points Church As the Pastor and his congregation embark on a reign of terror forcing the boys to witness executions before being prepared for their own death they have to contend with the arrival of Federal Agent Joseph Keenan (John Goodman) and his team who are armed dangerous and ready to bring them all down Actors Melissa Leo Kevin Alejandro John Goodman Michael Angarano Michael Parks Kyle Gallner Jennifer Schwalbach Smith & Stephen Root Director Kevin Smith Certificate 18 years and over Year 2011 Screen Widescreen Languages English