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Red State (2011)

Michael Angarano , Nicholas Braun , Kevin Smith  |  R |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (177 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael Angarano, Nicholas Braun, Deborah Aquila, John Goodman
  • Directors: Kevin Smith
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: October 18, 2011
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (177 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,470 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

• "The Making of RED STATE" Documentary
• "RED STATE of the Union" SModcasts
• The Sundance Speech with Introduction by Kevin Smith
• A Conversation with Michael Parks with Introduction by Kevin Smith
• Deleted Scenes with Introductions by Kevin Smith
• Trailers with Introduction by Kevin Smith
• Poster Gallery with Introduction by Kevin Smith

Editorial Reviews

Three teenaged boys are lured to the town of Cooper’s Dell with the promise of a party. But instead of enjoying the night of their dreams, the teens are plunged into the nightmarish world of Pastor Abin Cooper and the Five Points Trinity, a fundamentalist group with a stockpile of weaponry and a deadly moral agenda. When word of the teens’ disappearance reaches the authorities, a military task force is mobiliz ed. With Cooper’s Dell teetering between salvation and damnation, the ATF braces for a furious gun battle with Cooper and his heavily armed followers in this fever-pitched action thriller from writer-director Kevin Smith.

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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Smith gets serious. October 19, 2011
Kevin Smith loves to make movies that alienate people; it's just his thing. His horror/thriller RED STATE isn't quite as potentially-infuriating as DOGMA, perhaps, but it's certainly right up there. The premise is simple: three teens seek sex from a woman who turns out to be the daughter of a Christian fanatic who has taken his religion to extremes. His family cult kills homosexuals, and even though the three teens don't fit the profile, they're close enough for government work. Speaking of which, the A.T.F shows up, and a Wacco-esque standoff ensues. Add in an epilogue worthy of the Coen Brothers, and some wise-cracking that is decidedly Smith's own, and you have an entertaining thriller.

The thing is, religion isn't Smith's target. Yes, Abin Cooper (a superb Michael Parks) and his daughter (Melissa Leo, not quite getting to shine) are religious in the extreme; but the three teens (among whom Michael Angarano stands out) aren't exactly likable either, driven more by their hormones than anything else. On the A.T.F.'s side, we have a morally-confused agent in the form of John Goodman, following orders but not entirely happy about it. None of these characters is entirely likeable (Goodman remains the most sympathetic), but they aren't supposed to be. Smith is exploring humanity's desire for blind belief: in God, in sex, in politics, and every combination thereof. He even divides his cast, in the end credits, into those categories. He condemns, bloodily so, but that doesn't mean he's happy about it.

Parks and Goodman are phenomenal; whatever your political/social views, watch the film for their performances. The supporting cast is solid; look for a great Stephen Root as the local sheriff, and Kevin Pollak as another A.T.F. agent.
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37 of 45 people found the following review helpful
Red State has received more attention for the way director Kevin Smith controversially auctioned the film to himself at Sundance and then chose to distribute it, rather than the real novelty of the film; the fact that it's a horror film directed by Kevin Smith. At least, it's billed that way. Truth is, Red State may have elements of a horror film, but it also has the elements of an action film and the elements of a Kevin Smith film which makes it hard to confine it to one genre. This becomes a problem since the film never settles comfortably for a singular vision and all these elements don't mesh together well. It's imperfections as a film must be noted right away, but it remains a refreshing change of pace for Smith and shows that he does possess the capability to surprise people.

En route to his local high school, Travis (Michael Angarano) spots members of the Five Points Trinity Church protesting the funeral of a recently murdered, homosexual teenager. At school, even the teacher talks about the church and how the most ultra of the ultra-Conservatives have distanced themselves from the politics of Five Points Church. Travis and his friends Jared (Kyle Gallner) and Billy Ray (Nicholas Braun) have other things on their mind though. Jared has set up a meeting online with an older woman for all three of them. When they go to meet the woman, they are ambushed by Sarah Cooper (Melissa Leo) and the rest of the churchgoers. Brought to the church, the head pastor Abin Cooper (Michael Parks) takes center stage and reveals that the church is much more sinister than anybody believed.

The film begins like a typical modern horror movie. Teenagers, their heads full of the potential for sex, find themselves in a dangerous situation.
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65 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Movie From Kevin Smith and Co. August 17, 2011
I had the pleasure of seeing this movie on the Red State tour when it made its way to Seattle. John Goodman gives a stunning performance and this tale of morality and the choices we make is a brilliant story. Critics of Smith's visual style will be surprised to see a movie as visually interesting as the story is gripping and the characters well developed and intriguing.
I love the shades of gray within the story. Everyone has their motives for their actions good and bad and much like real life, there are no clear cut good guys and bad guys. It's not that kind of story.
I am really looking forward to seeing it again and sharing it with all my friends who did not have a chance to see it while it was on tour.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie will punch you in the face. May 23, 2013
By T. Bolt
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What an intense movie this is! As a long time fan of Kevin Smith, I was surprised at how harsh and gritty this flick is. I loved it. Michael Parks is pee in your pants scary as Pastor Abin Cooper. I also like that is not really gory. I like it when a movie can be really mean and nasty without having blood all over the place. That's not to say that there isn't any red in Red State. Oh yes, there will be blood. John Goodman, of course, is awesome. I will end my review by quoting Quentin Tarantino off the back of the movie's box, "I #&%*@#! love this movie!"
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Laudable intentions, but the result is a mess of a film. September 30, 2012
Three young men find an online dating site where an older woman is propositioning guys for sex. But the advert is a trap, and they find themselves prisoners of a fundamentalist Christian cult who are trying to purge the world of what they see as amorality brought about by sexual permissiveness and tolerance. When their activities draw the attention of law enforcement officials, the stage is set for a violent confrontation.

Kevin Smith is best-known for his string of comedic movies based on pop culture and lowbrow humour: Clerks, Mallrats, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and so on. He is also known for his interest in religion and theological debates, which, combined with humour, have formed the basis for arguably his most interesting movie to date, Dogma. Red State marks Smith's return to examining religion but this time around there are no laughs: the film is a straight-up drama.

After almost twenty years spent making comedies, it's good to see Smith trying out new ideas and breaking new ground for himself as a film-maker. It's such a shame then that Red State is a flat-out mess of a film. Many of the movie's weaknesses are also present in Smith's earlier films, but comedies tend to be much more forgiving of long run-on scenes and structural imperfections. Dramas, especially those with an undercurrent of psychological horror, are much less tolerant of such issues.

This problem can best be summed up by the movie's first half-hour. In the first fifteen minutes we are introduced to our three main characters, about whom we virtually learn nothing at all. Aside from their physical appearances, they are interchangeable and do nothing to attract our sympathy or interest.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome!!! Fantastic Kevin Smith film. Must see if you are a fan!
Published 7 days ago by Sarah L. Smathers
3.0 out of 5 stars Kevin Smith really, really does horror great
Man...I just finished watching this, and Kevin Smith really did a great job making a horror film.

I've never seen Last House on the Left or anything too extreme, I've... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Frank
5.0 out of 5 stars Kevin Smith does it again
I just recieved the movie from Amazon sat down to watch it and once again Kevin Smith blew me away again! Read more
Published 29 days ago by Dustin A. Shelton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Thomas C. Konradt
5.0 out of 5 stars Just the kind of movie I love.
totally darker than what you would expect from Kevin Smith, but very entertaining in a completely wrong and awful sort of way. Just the kind of movie I love.
Published 1 month ago by Tyna
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth it.
Ahh...nope save your money.
Published 1 month ago by Hawk
4.0 out of 5 stars Great thriller/horror (also pretty messed up) movie by Kevin Smith ...
You just gotta watch it to understand. Great thriller/horror (also pretty messed up) movie by Kevin Smith (aka: Silent Bob in Clerks & Jay and Silent Bob).
Published 1 month ago by little.fiesta
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome film
Published 1 month ago by Ricky Whittaker
3.0 out of 5 stars However it wasn't boring and good for those that like the "Saw" type...
This wasn't what I thought it would be, it was over the top and off the grid story wise. However it wasn't boring and good for those that like the "Saw" type of action.
Published 2 months ago by Thomas 67
3.0 out of 5 stars It ain't no DOGMA
I saw an interview with "Silent Bob" and he described this movie as his interpretation of meeting with the pastor of that lunatic Church out west that pickets the funeral of... Read more
Published 2 months ago by H. A. Friedman
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