bill bodkin and logan j. fowler look at Kevin Smith’s latest film, Red State, a thriller that he is independently releasing and currently premiering in cities across the country …
Theater, Rent, No Thanks, Undecided? Rent.
I must admit, Red State looks somewhat entertaining, and I give props to director Kevin Smith (a former hero, but that’s a story for another day) for trying something new. However, there are some movies that scream “THEATER! THEATER!” — and this isn’t one of them. On a more positive note, I like how very little is revealed in the trailer. It’s made me somewhat curious and interested in it, but it’s not something I have to see as soon as it’s released (sans Cop Out, every Smith film was like that for me, that I rushed out to see it, but then again, don’t forget what I said about Smith being a former hero). It’s a future Netflix for sure.
Theater, Rent, No Thanks, Undecided? Undecided.
The trailer walks the line between seriously creepy and “seen this before.” Religious fanaticism is not a new subject in the horror/thriller genre these days — in fact, one could easily say it’s subject matter that’s been done to death. However, what intrigues me is that Kevin Smith made this film. I’m not a Kevin Smith die-hard like most New Jerseyians of my generation. I haven’t seen all of his movies, and I’m sure to many this makes me a terrible New Jersey-born entertainment writer. Clerks was overrated. Said it. Shoot me. However, despite my lack of unbridled infatuation with K.S., I do appreciate his wit, his characters and his dialogue — which makes me think Red State could be more than just a gorefest. I want to see if he can cleverly criticize social themes like he did with Dogma while still being able to create a spine-tingling horror film.