RED WHITE & BLUE (2010)
(beware of spoilers)
2011 is a great year for revenge flicks and stuff.
Next to decent stuff like "I Saw The Devil" and "7 Days", there were at least 3 movies from that genre that impressed me so much, I just had to give them 10 out of 10:
the "I Spit On Your Grave" remake,
"The Loved Ones"
...and this one, "Red White & Blue", a movie so intense, so uncomproming and merciless, it left me completely speechless.
The movie starts off dirty and a bit raunchy, but also quite bleak and depresng. With all the dreary settings and joyless sex scenes, it almost feels like it takes place in an Harmony-Korine-universe
In the second half it suddenly gets extremely emotional and tragic with a few quite upsetting scenes. By that time, I felt that something awful was coming up this way
- but...christ, I wasn't prepared for what was actually coming up in the third and final act.
Imagine the savage ruthlessness of movies like "Irreverble" or "Martyrs", combined with the harshness of Michael Haneke and Lars von Trier and the shocking tragedy of "Martin" and "Animal Kingdom", and you might understand how hard-hitting the finale is.
By the time the credits rolled, I was a complete emotional wreck.
With a few incredible acting performances (an impresve Noah Taylor, a stunning Amanda Fuller), a brilliant, depresng piano score, fabulous dialogue, great editing and some gorgeous cinematography, this is by all means one of THE must-see movies of this year.
If you want something really unsettling and disturbing, then there's really no way around this Indie-masterpiece. Outstanding!