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3.0 out of 5 stars A bloody showdown between Church & State, 24 Oct. 2011
This review is from: Red State [DVD] (DVD)
Red State is the story of 3 high-school lads who are desperate to get laid. Responding to an online advert, the guys show up at a remote trailer and at the insistence of the lady of the house, down their beers. Waking up confused and disorientated, it's clear the trio have been waylaid by the militant and bigoted 5-Points church (a thinly-veiled swipe at the Westborough Baptist Church), led by Pastor Abin Cooper (The brilliant Michael Parks - Kill Bill, Volume 2) who are renowned for picketing anything to do with homosexuality and amorality in society.

With the guys held hostage and about to "meet Jesus" at the hands of the church, the ATF coincidentally show up at the church compound to serve a warrant concerning the purchase of fully-automatic weapons, mere weeks before a change in the law prohibited ownership of them. It turns out the ATF are correct and a massive stand-off & resultant shoot-out ensues when said fully-automatic weapons are let loose. With the government's orders to 'clean-up' this domestic terrorist cell and the religious fanatics zeal, neither side is willing to back down, will anyone survive this complete political mess of church vs. state?

Well, where to begin? Red State is a political hand grenade quite simply, it's sure to inflame tensions both side of the fence as blame is equally apportioned. It's also immensely violent and in these respects really hasn't had to bite it's tongue to fit in with any studio's idea of acceptability (Director Kevin Smith is self-distributing the film).

The acting is fantastic, most notably John Goodman (The Big Lebowski) and especially Michael Parks whos softly-spoken old-testament religious fervour actually begins to make sense until you shake off his irrational arguments. Where RS falls down however is that it is a bit preachy (appreciated it's about a firebrand preacher) but it makes all of the law-enforcement officials and church members equally despicable leaving you no-one to root for. Whilst Goodman provides the only champion, even he doesn't come off well. As a result, I really felt Red State was missing a message apart from the obvious "religious extremism is bad" and "the government are a bit shoot-first, ask-questions-later".

Completely different from anything out there at the moment, well filmed and well directed by Kevin Smith, this has attracted all sorts of negative press, but it's unique and unabashed, for that reason alone it will make you think and consequently it's well worth a watch!
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Lone wolfe says:
good review
I hate Evangelists, even more after seeing this film
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