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Red Riding Trilogy
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Three films come together to form one overwhelming cinematic experience in THE RED RIDING TRILOGY, the widely acclaimed trio of British thrillers about a mysterious and perhaps related series of gruesome crimes in Northern England. Based on events that occurred over a turbulent decade in the West Riding district of Yorkshire, England, THE RED RIDING TRILOGY presents a dark and disturbing world of serial murders, child abductions and police corruption. The three films in THE RED RIDING TRILOGY are connected by recurring events and characters, chiefly a deeply conflicted police detective, Maurice Jobson (David Morrissey, The Other Boleyn Girl, Sense and Sensibility), and ruthless high-ranking official Harold Angus (Jim Carter, Alice in Wonderland, Shakespeare in Love). Three directors utilize a different method for each film Julian Jarrold (Become Jane) shoots in 16 mm film for 1974; James Marsh (Man on Wire), in 35 mm for 1980; and Anand Tucker (Leap Year, Shopgirl), in digital video for 1983. In the end, theyve created a modern crime epic in which no one escapes undamaged.
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Even though the 3 movies are interrelated regarding police corruption and some recurring characters, I felt from a viewing perspective that '1974' and '1983' were directly related as they chronicled the child abduction and murder storyline over a nine year period. The movie '1980' told a different story of the serial killings of prostitutes.
I liked '1980' the best mainly due to the acting of Paddy Considine (Lead Detective) who was really up against it with all the police corruption swirling around him. I preferred '1974' over '1983' again because the Crime Reporter (played by Andrew Garfield) was battling police corruption while attempting to cover the child murder case. '1983' was a little anticlimactic as the child murder case was re-opened when another girl goes missing and also featured flashbacks which caused some confusion. In addition, the focal point of '1983', Detective Inspector (played by David Morrissey), didn't hold my interest quite like Paddy Considine and Andrew Garfield did as his battle was with guilt over being part of the police corruption machine.
Overall the movies held my interest throughout and I'm glad I purchased this DVD. As an aside, the movies take place in the 1970's and 1980's but I believe were all actually made in 2009 so the video quality of the films is excellent.
What surprised me was the police corruption angle. It was well acted and shows what police corruption does to a society. Don't know if it's true or if I'm a naive child of my generation and have been living in a bubble. Whatever the case, this film hit me harder that the usual police corruption drama. What happened to the nice bobby we grew up around?
Reporters here were shown in both a positive and negative light and that was a good angle in the drama.
In the end, it appeared that the real victims were the dead ones and the parents of the missing children who were exploited every which way.
A thought provoking drama which left you thinking. In that sense, it was more than an entertaining film.
I bought a used edition and it came on time and with no flaws.