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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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Metacritic Score

  • 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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  • The Ultimate Movie Review! -- @tss5078

    7.0
    Not the Red you were expecting? this film was nothing like I expected it to be either. The previews and descriptions of Red, tell you very little about the story, and what it does show you is something that makes you wonder, how in the world can they make a whole movie out of this!? I gave it a shot, because it based on a book by Jack Ketchum, the writer who has given us the novels and eventually the films, The Lost, Offspring, The Girl Next Door, & The Women. I really enjoy Ketchum's style, I gave this movie a shot, and it really surprised me. The story is a simple one about a simple man, Avery Ludlow (Brian Cox), who is out fishing with his old dog Red. Quickly the serenity is destroyed by three rich kids looking to have some fun. In the process of robbing Ludlow, one of the boys shoots and kills Red. As it would turn out, there's a lot more to Avery Ludlow than meets the eye and there is a wild story about Red, where he came from, and what he means to Ludlow, who spends the rest of the film trying to get justice for his pet, from a town that really doesn't care a whole lot. Brian Cox is the star and lets face it, he's been in everything, and by this point we've all seen him in something and know how great he is. Out of all of Cox's roles though, this is one that really stood out to me, because he is beyond terrific and a perfect fit for the character of Avery Ludlow. Cox is paired with a few up and coming teen stars and their rich father played by Tom Sizemore. Together, they are the complete opposite of Ludlow, both in status and in personality, bringing the film full circle. Based on the description, Red seems like it's going to be a long and boring tale, but as always Jack Ketcum throws in some terrific plot twists, and the story goes to a place you'd never expect it to go.moreless

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Drama, Suspense

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