Red State

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Red State

Kevin Smith (2) (2011)

18 Certificate


Our Score
Three teenage boys answer an online sex advert and find themselves in the clutches of an extreme fundamentalist religious group in director Kevin Smith's uneasy mix of horror movie, action thriller and social commentary. As the Five Points Church (inspired by Fred Phelps and the "God Hates Fags" slogan of his Westboro Baptist Church) prepares to burn the victims, its urban terrorism agenda is fully revealed, prompting government agent John Goodman to take action to eliminate the cult by whatever means necessary. While departing from his usual slacker product, Smith reveals himself in extended archetypal banter scenes, even as huge chunks of lazy exposition fatally dilute the tension. Undermined further by misplaced humour and Smith's manic determination to hammer home his political point, the finale is an overfamiliar, anticlimactic mess. Although characterisation is minimal, Quentin Tarantino regular Michael Parks makes an incredibly strong impression as the frightening pastor on a murderous mission.


Three teenagers are lured to a remote area by an online offer of sex, only to fall into the clutches of a fanatical Christian sect. The preacher leading the group is on a mission to kill all those he judges as sinners, but his actions have been noticed by the local sheriff, and the church is soon under siege by federal agents. Thriller, starring Michael Parks and John Goodman.

Cast & Crew

Abin Cooper Michael Parks
Joseph Keenan John Goodman
Sara Melissa Leo
Jarod Kyle Gallner
Travis Michael Angarano
Billy-Ray Nicholas Braun
Sheriff Wynan Stephen Root
Cheyenne Kerry Bishé
Director Kevin Smith (2)
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: E1 FilmsGuidance: Violence, swearing, sexual references. Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 30 Sep 2011