Drama; thriller; horror. Simon Rumley’s challenging and disturbing Red White & Blue morphs slowly from one genre to another, building intimacy and empathy towards its characters as it crescends towards its terrifying denouement.
The script, simultaneously compassionate and threatening, thrives on the quality of its cast, most notably Amanda Fuller, Noah Taylor, Sally Jackson and Jon Michael Davis.
The film is also interesting from a technical perspective. The first half is pure montage – no camera movements whatsoever; the pacing is controlled exclusively through the editing of the footage captured by the multiple camera set-ups. The hushed sound design amplifies the authenticity of the story; score music only beginning to become prevalent in the final act when the camera finally begins to move, relentlessly tracking the story’s main characters.
Red White & Blue is an enthralling film about the human condition. And by telling its story through a non-traditional blend of film genres, English writer/director Rumley has brought a scintillating shot of vigour to the horror genus.
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Title: Red White & Blue
Year released: 2010
Direction: Simon Rumley
Screenplay: Simon Rumley
Cinematography: Milton Kam
Editing: Robert Hall
Score: Richard Chester
Stars: Noah Taylor, Amanda Fuller, Marc Senter, Jon Michael Davis
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