Conclusion: I'm a big fan of Kevin Smith and have been since 'Clerks' in 1994. But while I do certainly have to give him props for giving us something of the sort we've never seen him do before, I can't say that his film actually pulls off what he wants to do.
Conclusion: Red State (2011) is a horror thriller starring Michael Parks, Melissa Leo, Michael Angarano and John Goodman. This is a very strange movie to review. Red State begins as a horror with a group of teenagers being captured by religious fanatics but half way through it takes a left turn and develops into a tense seige thriller. Michael Parks gives a terrific performance. He is magnetic and at one point undertakes a 15 minute monologue which is never dull.
Conclusion: This is one of the best films of the past year, a fantastic horror/thriller from director Kevin Smith who usually sticks to doing comedy, this is no joke but a straight up serious film and a breath of fresh air from the director, and he proves hes good at it too, this is a fantastic film with a good story and some gritty and bloody action as well as sharp dialogue and a smart cast including outstanding performances from Michael parks and John Goodman, this is a gem of a...
Conclusion: Firstly, let me get this out of the way. I LOVE Kevin Smith. THIS movie however could do with cutting out around an hour from the middle. Watch the first 25 minutes and the last 25 minutes and you'll love it (And still understand the storyline). I watched this purely because Kevin Smith directed it, so if you're planning on watching it for the same reason, don't.
Summary: Like some other Kevin Smith movies, the casting is uneven and the dialogue is over-extended; but I have to admit Red State sucked me in and stuck with me long after it finished. Blunt and messy as it was, I still really liked it. The transitions of tone were jarring, but they were jarring because Red State manages to do something which too few movies manage to do: surprise us.
Summary: I very much enjoyed this film. Even though the pacing was, at times, a bit disconcerting the action and performances more than made up for it. All i have to say is 'Kevin Smith where have you been?!
Summary: I am the first to admit I am a Kevin Smith FanBoy from way back I have seen Clerks,MallRats,Dogma,Jay and Silent and Silent Bob Strike Back,Jersey Girl,Zach and Miri Make a Porno and Cop Out.. Anyway this is the the sort of return to form that Martin Scorsese had with The Departed, Quentin Tarantino with Inglourious Basterds,Clint Eastwood with Million Dollar Baby.
Summary: While some would argue that a truly great filmmaker is to be able to adapt their skills to almost any story, certain filmmakers seem to work best by locking themselves into a singular style, which they merely tweak here and there with each new film. For the last two decades, no director has been a better example of the latter type than Kevin Smith. To describe the type of films he makes, perhaps the simplest description is this: he makes 'Kevin Smith movies'.
Conclusion: I heard that this maybe kevin smiths retirement film if it is then it is a worthy bowing out film. I seen this in the cinema and wasn't disappointed had some good scene's in it and it is really hard to make out who is actually gonna survive to the end of the film which was refreshing to see in a thriller.