Friday, November 7, 2008

Red---Small but Steady

I kinda like these movies that aren't about the world ending, or some massive government conspiracy.
No, Red keeps things small and simple.
Red is about an old man, Avery Ludlow (Brian Cox from The Bourne Identity, Supremecy, The Ring, and X2) who's dog, Red, is murdered point-blank by a gutless teen with something to prove.
The film follows Ludlow as he tries to seek legal justice for the murder of his best friend.
The law, of course, lets him down.
That's enough spoilers.

The characters were all well cast.
Tom Sizemore (from Saving Private Ryan, Pearl Harbor, and Black Hawk Down) plays the gutless teens spineless, enabling father. He does a good job being a piece-of-crap person, esp since I've only seen him play more heroic types in war movies.
Noel Fisher's (Hostage) portrayal of "Danny MacCormack" was the best. He plays the cowardly, out-of-control teenage boy who shoots Ludlow's dog for sport. The entire movie I wanted to lash out and knock Noel's head in. I realize that's cause he did such a good job in the role.

It starts well, the story stays interesting throughout, and it ends differently than I'd expected.


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