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4.0 out of 5 stars
gripping drama, 10 Jan 2007
red road is a fantastic film, gripping, suspenseful and intense.
all day, jackie sits in front of a bank of cctv screens filming a housing scheme in glasgow, watching people go about their business. she can zoom in on anything suspicious and send uniformed police officers to the scene. one morning/afternoon/evening - it's always fairly grey and dull on the red road scheme - she spots a young man and starts stalking him over the cctv footage. it's unclear why she is following him, and once she gets to meet him and insinuate herself into his life, their exact connection remains unclear - as does the action jackie is going to take.
a long period of the film is spent setting the scene, getting to know jackie and the world of the red road housing scheme - for me, a touch too long. but once jackie meets the man, things pick up, and the film becomes a tense drama: who is the man? why does jackie want to get to know him? is he a good guy?
the denouement really surprised me, and it was a film i thought about for a long time after. the glasgow we see is a pretty depressing place, and the lives we see unfold are rather bleak, but the view from the high-rise flats is amazing, and jackie is a very sympathetic character.
not a feel-good movie for sure, and probably not one for action film fans, but the best film i saw in 2006 that's for sure!