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Set in Austin, Texas, this "slacker revenge movie" follows the disaffected and promiscuous Erica as she sleeps with a series of nameless men, until she is befriended by Nate, an ex-Iraq war veteran with a sociopath's streak. Written by
Trinity Filmed Entertainment
You put a guy in a room with an interrogator, you ask him a question, 95% of the guys will tell you the answer straight away. Now I got a question for you, and I know you're gonna tell me the answer. But unfortunately for you, I'm the guy they always bring in for the more headstrong 5 percent. And even more unfortunately for you, I'm a guy who really fucking loves his job.
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Gore: 8.5 out of 10 (the final quarter or so is a tough watch) -
Erica (in a fearless performance by Amanda Fuller) is promiscuous. Barely able to mask a deep sadness, she is more than willing to have one night stands with complete strangers. In fact, she even has rules to abide by: no friends, no more than one encounter, no contraceptives.
Nate (Noah Taylor, in a nuanced, unforgettable role) is a veteran of the Iraq war. He lives in the same apartment complex as Amanda and takes a strong liking to her.
Franki (Marc Senti who holds his own with Fuller and Taylor) works in the kitchen of a diner. A musician at heart, he still has aspirations for his band to make it big. Maybe they could tour Europe or Japan? T-shirt sales there suggest that they might have a fan base.
Erica and Franki (and friends) share some "quality time" with one another one evening. This ends up having a ripple effect that carries the rest of the plot.
Frustrated by this vague description? Well, see the movie for yourself. To give away more than this would cheat you out of an unforgettable movie watching experience.
I haven't seen director Simon Rumley's "The Living and the Dead," but I will now.
Watching "Red White & Blue" leaves you with the impression that Rumley has a lot on his mind.
But he also has a very good poker face on here.
Does the title refer to America? How this country is hostile to young girls who will eventually grow up to be women? Or how America has abandoned veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars? Or how the American dream has become impoverished to the point where only American Idol-esque hopes still stand tall with lower income young men?
Or does the title refer to the culture of Texas, with its flag sharing the same colors?
Or is one of the characters red, a second blue, and the third white?
Or is the movie divided into thirds, with the three colors representing each segment?
I don't know.
What I do know is that Rumley knows how to unsettle. The sparse score complements the three main character's broken lives.
Editing is top of the line.
Fuller and Taylor (and arguably Senti) could have - and should have - been nominated for Academy Awards.
This movie leaves a mark and I'll try to tell you why.
America is a big country, and if you are a citizen of this country, aren't we all responsible -- even to a microscopic degree -- for its dysfunction? All three characters have a job and work for a living. But do our responsibilities to one another go beyond that?
Some other form of entertainment and distraction beckons.
Pass me a beer.
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