Red White & Blue

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Red White & Blue

Simon Rumley (2010)

99min
18 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Restraint pays dividends for British writer/director Simon Rumley in this devastating and demanding revenge tragedy set in Austin, Texas. A low-budget tale of broken lives and misguided retribution, Rumley's slow-burner is driven by superbly nuanced performances, with Amanda Fuller's emotionally scarred nymphomaniac gradually forming a relationship with a mysterious Iraq War veteran (an unforgettable Noah Taylor). It's an association that hints at twisted salvation, but ends in gut-wrenching horror, after one of her former conquests - a hot-headed mamma's boy (Marc Senter) - dramatically resurfaces. For the first hour, twitchy montage-heavy visuals combine with economically used sound and dialogue to establish the ill-fated trio, while fostering a mood of unsettling anticipation. When the brutality finally explodes, Rumley continues to focus on reactions rather than action, the harrowing events hitting harder by being kept predominantly off-screen. Nonetheless, the shift from dark character study to more traditional exploitation territory might alienate some and limit the thriller's appeal.

Summary

Premiere. An emotionally troubled woman seeks solace from her life in a series of casual sexual encounters. She forms an uneasy bond with a haunted war veteran, but has to deal with a violent man who orchestrated a night of group sex with her and his friends, but now blames her for all of his problems. Horror, starring Amanda Fuller, Noah Taylor and Marc Senter.

Cast & Crew

Erica Amanda Fuller
Nate Noah Taylor
Franki Marc Senter
Ed Jon Michael Davis
Alvin Nick Ashy Holden
Carl Patrick Crovo
Marj Mary Mathews
Lil' Allan Julian Haddad
Director Simon Rumley
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Trinity Film EntertainmentGuidance: Contains violence, sex scenes and nudity. Released on: 30 Sep 2011
Drama