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Red State (2011)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Horror  |  30 September 2011 (UK)
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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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The budget for the special effects department was $5000. 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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A huge disappointment
1 July 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

So, Kevin Smith decided to make a movie about religious nuts, heavily inspired by the misadventures of Westboro Baptist Church. The result is RED STATE, an episodic and frankly hacked-together movie that doesn't really know what it wants to be. While I can't fault his professional work as director here, what I can fault is his script, which is all over the place.

The first half of the film is a typical teenage horror/torture porn outing as a group of three guys (including FORBIDDEN KINGDOM's Michael Angarano) go looking for a good time and find something that's anything but. There's quite a bit of suspense, and the introduction of a fire-and-brimstone preacher - played to the hilt by Michael Parks - is both strong and effective. And then the film changes tack completely, turning into more of a action/thriller, and it just falls apart.

There's a huge set-piece siege scenario, which is well filmed, but it just kind of starts to fizzle out as the climax nears. Then, at the end, it turns into a huge anticlimactic talk-fest that's guaranteed to test the patience of even the most dedicated viewer. John Goodman is excellent value as an FBI agent but that's about all the second half of the film has to offer; this ends up as a huge disappointment and something written by somebody who didn't really have a clue what they were doing.


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