Red Sands 2009 R CC

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From the creators of the horror cult hit Dead Birds comes a psychological thriller about a unit of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan who unknowingly release a vengeful supernatural force which wages upon them a deadly war.

Starring:
Shane West, Leonard Roberts
Runtime:
1 hour, 29 minutes

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Genres Military & War, Thriller, Action, Horror
Director Alex Turner
Starring Shane West, Leonard Roberts
Supporting actors Aldis Hodge, Callum Blue, Brendan Miller, Theo Rossi, Noel Gugliemi, Mercedes Mason, Govinda Touzene, Andrew Elvis Miller, Fahim Fazli, Ashourina Benjamin, Simon Barrett, Chris Carter, Kim Stodel, Chris Paul, Sarah Doolan, Adam Gierasch, J.K. Simmons, Zhara Trougi
Studio Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
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Customer Reviews

And too bad the ending is so frustratingly cheap.
Paulo Leite
The film starts with one of the dumbest camera tricks in modern horror cinema; you see someone and then other things rapidly flash before your eyes.
A. Pierre
I do recommend it as I found it very highly entertaining.
Dennis

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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Paulo Leite on April 29, 2009
Format: DVD
I think this project was very promising... and as my title says, it succeeds in some places while failing in others. Here's the story in 25 words or less: a group of soldiers in Afghanistan break an old statue and release a Djinn (an old spirit who hates humans). So they break the antique and go spend a few nights in a abandoned Afghan house in the middle of nowhere where they must secure the area. And the Djinn attacks...

Now, here are the good and bad things.

BAD - Most of the special effects are horrible... the Djinn at the end is laughable. Simply laughable. In my point of view, the producers/director made the big mistake of saving money at the end of the film (where in fact, they should deliver the goods). That's too bad.

GOOD - Tension. The screenplay does a nice job managing the tension between the men. The dialogs are great and some characters are believable (although some other characters are too stupid for us to create any empathy). And too bad the ending is so frustratingly cheap.

BAD - And the ending is cheap because, unfortunately, this is one of those films who start great and sinks towards the ending... probably because nobody could figure out how to deliver an ending that was truly original.

GOOD - The first half of the script. I think it is almost flawless. But after that, it cannot keep relying on just dreams and hallucinations. It has to deliver the goods... come on... this is a horror film!

BAD - The second half of the script. Ok, the Djin is around, the men are getting affected by the people they killed and the visions... but I kept thinking there was something missing: progression. The film keeps offering what it already gave us in the first half. And the Djinn attacks are lame... and the ending is lame...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barry Brandon on February 25, 2011
Format: DVD
Soldiers fight more then the Taliban in this film. Oops we woke up a demon and now we must pay in odd and spooky ways. This is a very original tail with a good cast and odd setting. The female Afghanistan is very pretty and creepy as the woman who is put in the middle of this mess or is she more then that? There is some nice gore effects but the demon it's self is pretty iffy CGI, but you can not have everything. The acting is good and the fast pace will keep you locked in and trying to figure out how are boy's are going to get out alive. A movie with a fresh story that is worth a look.
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Red Sands fails in numerous areas. For one thing, for a supposed horror, why in the world did the entire atmosphere feel more like a typical war movie with army buddies carrying on conversations pertaining to their normal lives? Why did so much of the storyline revolve around that one army leader bossing around the rest of his soldiers while increasingly becoming obnoxious?

These are elements you normally find in a war film, so Red Sands is basically an exaggerated, fictional approach to the real war going on in Afghanistan and nothing remotely qualifying as horror.

Red Sands doesn't even become scary until the final 20 minutes. Until then, you experience army buddies initially acting like typical teenagers basically partying and talking about sex all the time. You experience numerous failed jokes as well, since nobody is particularly good in their acting roles and therefore, nobody made me laugh.

Eventually they stumble upon an Afghan woman and we soon learn she's no ordinary woman, and it's only a matter of time until the rest of the army figures it out (the HARD way).

Red Sands didn't really make much of an impression on me. However, the final 20 minutes does actually make up for *some* of the ordinary boredom I had to put up with for a good portion of the movie. The one scene that involves an Exorcist-like creature creeping around through hallways and rooms... YES! That was definitely good stuff!! I wish more segments were devoted to those kind of shockers.

Bad acting and a failed attempt at a horror atmosphere so it basically feels like just another day roaming the dusty grounds of Afghanistan combine to create one mediocre film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 30, 2010
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Its about a squad of soldiers in Afghanistan that run afoul of some seriously kick ass spirits called The Djin at a desert outpost they're assigned to. Some things are best given repect and left alone, they should have!
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By Dennis on March 20, 2012
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Had a good time actually enjoying this flick. I do recommend it as I found it very highly entertaining. Not gonna win anything at Cannes or anywhere else but a great popcorn chomping flick that was very entertaining!
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By Ann Herbig on November 17, 2010
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I thought that the movie was really good.shane west was good in the movie. I wish that my fae actor callum blue had survived the movie but other than that it was a great movie.
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Wasn't what I expexcted. Needs a better plot. Special effects weren't bad though.May be if our real service members act more approprate they won't have such problems.
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It's not the best film in his category but if you have one hour and a half to spend, go !
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