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Red White & Blue (2010)
Directed By: Simon Rumley (Little Deaths)
Even if your budget doesn’t allow for the most action packed script in the world, you can still make a pretty good movie using a good plot and strong characters. Red White & Blue, it a film that is very plot and character driven. It’s a indie film that seems to be making waves now days and with the help of Netflix has found it’s way to a wider audience. An audience that seems to be a little shocked by what they see in the film. While it does pack an intense scene or two that might not be for the weak of heart. I think the story the film tells is the most memorable part of the film. That and the performance of, Noah Taylor.
Film follows the cool, emotionless (and pretty slutty) Erica, who dives into bed with any man she meets. When she is offered a job in a DIY store in Austin, she discovers the kindness of strangers, but also the gruesome shadowy side of it. This is where the very odd and somewhat creepy, Nate, comes into play. The two to spite their ways, seem to form a friendship as things roll along. But it’s a man from Erica’s past and the discovery of another thing that comes back to haunt Erica that really sets this movie off it’s axis in the later part of it.
Calling a spade a spade, this film won’t be for every single one of you out there reading this. It moves very slow in parts. Honestly, it could have stood to cut some of it’s time here and there. It also is a subject matter most of you probably won’t care that much for. Especially if you like a little more action and fast moving stuff in your movies. But for the rest of you, I think you’ll really enjoy what you are seeing. The characters are VERY strong. There’s no clear cut good or bad guys due to the fact we see both the good and the bad of everyone. And I guess it almost plays out like some form of tragedy rather than a film. And in that form, it’s even more realistic and in my personal taste, more interesting.
While there’s not lack of acting at all here, I think all of you will be really drawn in by the character of Nate, played by, Noah Taylor. You get the vibe early on that perhaps Nate isn’t “all there”. While his hand on that isn’t really shown fully, you know it won’t take much to finally set him over his limit. Once events unfold and that limit is reached later in the film Nate really hits his stride and even if you were getting a little bored before, the boredom goes away when Nate seeks out to find answers and a few other things. It’s an almost chilling performance. One that will play with your emotions as it happens. I won’t say anymore there. But, you will more than likely find yourself torn.
A story like the story here needs to be told. It needs to be told in it’s darkest form, because it’s a dark issue. I think the story being told her is an A+. I think the acting here is an A+. But I do also feel things are dragged out just a little too much, a little too long. I also think some MAJOR parts of this film are done very anticlimactically. Which I don’t really understand why they were done the way they are done, but it doesn’t ruin the film. It just brings it down a bit when it could have been a classic. But none the less, it’s a very powerful movie and well worth your time if you got a couple hours you’d like to kill.
I say you should all check this one out as soon as you can. Even if you don’t like longer movies that drag in parts. If you can get passed the dragging (and a few other things here and there), you got yourself a very well made film that deserves to been seen. It’s got a very good and realistic plot, and it also packs one of the better performances I’ve seen in some time.