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Red State (2011)

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Set in Middle America, a group of teens receive an online invitation for sex, though they soon encounter fundamentalists with a much more sinister agenda.

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The teenager Jarod invites his best friends Travis and Billy-Ray to have a foursome with a thirty-eight year-old woman. While driving to meet the woman, Travis hit a car parked on the road. When they meet the woman, she gives spiked beer to them and they pass out. When the three friends wake up, they find that they are trapped in the fundamentalist Five Points Trinity Church of the infamous Pastor Abin Cooper and that they will be killed. Meanwhile the church is under siege by ATF agents led by Agent Joseph Keenan that have been ordered to destroy the terrorist cell. Will the teenagers be saved by the agents of the law enforcement agency? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated R for strong violence/disturbing content, some sexual content including brief nudity, and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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During filming Kyle Gallner suffered a panic attack whilst being tied to a cross, which the crew were unaware of at first, thinking he was still acting. See more »

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The boys are served Miller Lite beer, in green bottles with white labels. The label color is correct, but Miller Lite bottles are brown, not green. See more »

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Pastor Abin Cooper: You're already dead sinner. You destroyed your spirit in a waste of shame.
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Underrated Film: "Red State" (2011)
19 May 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In suburban America, three teens Travis(Michael Angarano), Billy Ray(Nicholas Braun), and Jared(Kyle Gallner), get a sex request from a woman who will do all three of them after same time. The three decide to get lucky and track down where she is and get down and dirt with her. When they arrive she/Sarah Cooper(Melissa Leo), offers them beers which knocks them out within two minutes. The three wake up in cages to find out she was a member of the Five Points Trinity Church(a Neo-Nazi, white supremacy cult). Their "leader" Pastor Abin Cooper(Michael Parks) preaches hate like monologues about God and Jesus Christ and gays and lesbians and sex and society and etc. He plans to kill the trio for their sins. When news gets out of where the boys are at, the local authorities contact ATF agent Joseph Keenan(John Goodman)to set up shop and retrieve the boys by any means necessary. "Red State" was directed by Silent Bob himself Kevin Smith. Out of all of Smith's movies this is the one that stands out the most. This is Smith's first ever leap away from the "Clerks"/"Mallrats" genre. Smith likes to make funny movies with smart themes with cheesy, nerdy dialogue, comedic action, and of course Jay and Silent Bob cameos. Smith throws that behind him and starts fresh. This is Smith's most mature movie he's made to date, he actually makes a very gripping horror/thriller. I consider this to be his best work since "Chasing Amy"(1997) and I will stick to that until Smith proves me wrong. The performances in the film are great. Michael Parks plays a very insane person, and John Goodman is John Goodman. The film was made for only 4 million dollars and grossed only a bit over 1 million dollars in the box office. The film got mixed to positive reviews with a 58% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 6.2 on IMDb. The reason why people and critics may not have liked this film is because it jumps from genres throughout the run time. In the beginning you have a teen comedy/drama, in the middle you have a horror/thriller, and then in the end you have action. Though it was a little absurd to say the least it really didn't bother me that much. Smith is able to add humor into the film that works and doesn't feel forced in there just be there. Smith definitely builds tension and throws in a couple of shocks on the way as well. Throughout the film you're rooting for these boys to get out and escape, then the *beep* hits the fan. And for those of you who have watched the film you know what I'm talking about. When that part happens it feels like it was building up to something and then just flushed it down the toilet. That's my only issue with the film. People can say that it was too violent and too sexual or even too boring. Overall Smith went out of his comfort zone and made a very surprising film that I was going into thinking that it was going to suck. Props to Smith, he did good which he hasn't been doing lately.


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