A complete change in direction for Kevin Smith, a director renowned for his low budget reverential comedies rather than middle budget action horror films.
Red State is an example of bad marketing. Billed as a horror film this probably ended up disappointing a lot of people. It isnt a horror film at all. It is an action thriller and should have been pushed in that vein. It starts off slowly building a tension and creating some interesting characters. Three teenagers decide to follow up on an advert from a prostitute. They drive out to the middle of nowehere where they are kidnapped and subjected to horrible practices.
Then the film takes a dramatic turn. In struts John Goodman, in a role that he chews to within an inch of its life, an the final hour is a bombastic gun fest between a bemused police force and a relentless religious cult. Its briliant fun.
John Goodman is just great in this film. He really lets loose and throws everything into the pot. Kevin Smith proves he can direct a good action set piece and also creates some marvelous characters which help glue you to the screen through the slower moments. Once the bullets start to fly it doesn't stop and the barrage of action sees the remainder of the film fly by.
A good if forgettable film that would easily fill a 90 minute gap in your evening.