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Red State Red Band Trailer

Kevin Smith’s latest film, Red State, seems like a break out of the director’s comfort zone. While the director has tackled the idea of organised religion before (in the superb Dogma), his latest effort seems like something decidedly more serious. Being entirely honest, I’m always eager to see an established director attempt something that we’d never expect from them, and Smith’s cast (John Goodman, Melissa Leo and Kevin Pollack) is populated with enough skilled (and underrated) performers that it looks to be well worth a chance. If nothing else, the exploration of extremist religious groups in the United States always makes for a juicy viewing experience, even if Smith might not be going for a lot nuance. It looks like a mish-mash of a whole host of subgenres – from the hints at awkward teen comedy at the start to a sinister horror thriller through to an all-out action adventure. It seems like a lot for the director to handle, but the cocktail is intriguing enough to grab my attention.

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4 Responses

  1. I like the cast picks, so will definitely catch this if I get the chance! : -)

  2. I’m pissed at myself but I’m probably going to end up catching this just so that I can I’ve seen it. I’ve heard literally nothing positive about this from any accredited sources, and Kevin Smith has been off the rails in this stretch of his career anyways.

    • I’ve noticed that too, but I’m hoping against hope this might be one of those films where I disagree with the general consensus. I don’t think Smith’s creatively bankrupt at the moment, though, I think he’s just having a tough time due to a variety of factors. His candid honesty and defensive attitutde (and his ridiculous “critics suck” position) on his twitter account probably isn’t help paint him ina sympathetic light, but I think a lot of the flaws with his latest films were outside his control, and he’s being blamed perhaps unfairly. But then perhaps I’m an optimist.

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