It is not an easy film to watch. It wasn’t exactly a break for my busy brain. It’s disturbing, and it makes you question things. A lot like the recent ruling in the Supreme Court might have. I have to agree, it is American to have the right to demonstrate wherever you want to. But it is also pretty obviously RUDE to picket at a funeral, no matter whose it is, no matter what you’re saying.
So… Smith put together this movie, Red State, and gives us a fictional family that is worse than what we’ve heard of in reality in many ways. They have their own crazy interpretation of the Bible, and more than that, they have a basement full of guns. They also seem to have the mentality of suicide bombers. I don’t want to spoil it for you, but let me say this: it is violent.
Smith found some excellent talent to work on the project, including John Goodman, Stephen Root, Michael Parks, and my favorite – Melissa Leo.
Some people are calling this a horror film, but I’d call it an action/thriller. I suppose it depends on your threshold for violence. But I do recommend seeing it with a friend, because it left me needing to talk. I have a lot of icky feelings about religious zealots as it is, and the movie almost makes you think… Wait? Are we as bad as they are? Good stuff.
Be on the lookout for its wide release October 19th: http://coopersdell.com/
FYI if you are on the list at the website for the sneak peek tour, get tickets! Kevin Smith does great talks with his fans. That was an excellent way to see the movie.