Red, White & Blue (2010)

I feel that the best way to experience a movie is going in blind. By that I mean knowing as little as possible about the movie before seeing it. That’s what I did with Red, White & Blue and for some strange reason I complete misread the poster. Now I didn’t read the synopsis or watch the trailer so going into the movie, the poster was the only thing I had to form an opinion. So I ended up thinking this was a Korean monster movie because of Noah Taylor at the top of the poster. I was looking at a smaller version of the poster and he looked like a semi-zombie monster. Well I was presently surprise when the movie ended up being an American horror revenge thriller and a great one at that.

The movie follows Erica (Amanda Fuller) who spends her nights bed hoping. One particular night she ends up in the bed of Franki (Marc Senter) a young man who has big dreams of being a rock star. There after she encounters another man, Nate (Taylor) who moves into the same apartment as her. He soon takes a like to each other and become close. It doesn’t take long before Erica’s past comes back to haunt her.

I have to give it up to Amanda Fuller for performing such a gutsy role. She plays it off real well and by the time the climax of the movie comes you really are feeling for her. Although what she does is not right you come to feel pity for her and the rest of the characters. Marc Senter also does a great job as a young man who is on the verge of losing his mother. Everyone does a great job but the star of the film has to be Taylor as he pulls off one of the most methodically, unbalanced man ever to grace the screen. He pulls it off with such ease that as soon as he appears you know something up with him. You’re bound to feel some sympathy for one of these characters.

The directing is another highlight as the film is expertly paced and shot. The film is a somber tale about three tragic figures that intersect into each other’s lives. The script is also something that should be lauded as it packs a punch. It’s unrelenting during its third act and comes to a swift ending that leaves the viewer in a daze. If there is one bad thing I would have to say about this film is that the third act goes by quick and you never have time to adjust to what is happening.

Overall Red, White & Blue completely blew me away. I had no idea what I was getting into but I sure was glad that I took the time to see it. I have seen many revenge thrillers and this is at the top with the best of them. I recommend this to anyone who like revenge thrillers or anyone who might be looking to watch something new, 3 ½ out of 5.

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