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Released 2007

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Director:
Lucky McKee
Released:
2007
Rating:
R

Red is a 2008 dramatic thriller directed by Trygve Allister Diesen and Lucky McKee. The film is based on a Jack Ketchum novel. In the film, Avery Ludlow (Brian Cox) is an old man who has no family left and spends most of his time alone with his dog, Red. One day while fishing, Avery and Red are approached by three teen-age boys. Avery wants no trouble with the boys, but they proceed to rob him and viciously shoot and kill Red. The three boys are later identified as Danny (Noel Fisher) and Harold (Kyle Gallner) McCormack and their friend Pete (Shiloh Fernandez). Danny was the leader of the trio and he was the one who delivered the shooting death to Red. Avery knows the brothers father, Mr. McCormack (Tom Sizemore) and initially approaches the man about his sons' actions. The wealthy, arrogant, elder McCormack shrugs off Ludlow's claims, devastating Avery. Vowing to seek justice and revenge for Red leads Avery to take the law into his own hands.

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  • 70

    Variety

    Touchy subject matter aside, Red demonstrates real elegance in its commitment to a relatively straightforward story, allowing the characters' emotions to come to a slow boil.

  • 70

    Washington Post

    Its earnest, always incomplete quest haunts us in ways stock imagery cannot.

  • 60

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Once Avery's mission assumes a Freudian dimension, the allegory loses its moral force and changes from a meditation on justice, power and inequality into a gory melodrama.

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