I saw Red at the 2008 Fantasia Film festival in Montreal, Canada first off I'd like to say that i went to see this movie because Lucky Mckee was attached to it and Brian cox . I was extremely disappointed to hear what happened to Lucky half way through the films production where he was replaced by someone else. The final product however one very good nonetheless Brian Cox was just amazing in this film. Without any spoilers this films was very touching. Great music, surprisingly had some action scenes and a great feel to it. I recommend it to anyone who wants to see something real, <more>
touching , and well made.i give it a 10/10 i had no problems what so ever with this film, left satisfied as well as everyone else who cheered and clapped when the credits rolled
What if it was a goldfish? ..... who cares !!!! (by aLinuxTV)
Sure, its about a dog ..but who says a goldfish is not just as loving .. the way they stare at you thru the glass, etc . I really think they could of easily pulled this movie off the same way it was felt here, only, using a goldfish or even somebody's lovable pet rock O: - Excellent movie by the way. Have fun!!!! bye.Now with that out the way Amaz0n and this IMDb suck really bad .. I cannot stand AMAZ0N anymore cause I know you really agree with me ... stupid IMDb runs like crap cause AMAZ0N is so ugly and outdated and they don't even pay me money ..after 15 yrs ... no money from you <more>
I have never been so moved since 'Where The Red Fern Grows' (by KarenPsychicMedium)
If you are an animal lover you are bound to find this movie tug at your heart strings. A movie portraying a widowed man who's only companion is his faithful dog Red, given to him by his wife. The movie begins with the dog lying on the bed beside his master Avery Ludlow, they venture out to do a spot of fishing only to be embarked upon by 3 boys, Danny, Pete and Harold who at first appear to be OK. However the leader of them Danny brandishes a shotgun, which is used on Red in order to prove his manhood to the others, these cowards then mock the fact the dog is now dead. Avery tries hard to <more>
remain level headed and even attempts to speak to the boys father, who is well to do, is adamant the boys didn't do such a thing. Danny even tries to deny he ever saw Avery. The movie then deepens to the point where there is no other justice than taking matters into his own hands, which Avery does. The ending will have you grabbing for the tissues..Thoroughly enjoyed this movie, finally, a movie with a great storyline and actors who can! Also a credit to the Director and filming crew, the action shots weren't overdone, the location shots and steady camera made all the more for a great movie! Well done!
The best adaptation of Jack Ketchum's novel so far. (by HumanoidOfFlesh)
Jack Ketchum's brilliant novel tells the story of an elderly man Avery Ludlow,who has a dog named Red he loves more than life.A simple lonely man he has few good things in his life after losing family members tragically years before.On the day he takes his dog fishing with him,three young boys come along,rob him and shoot his dog for no reason. After this cold-blooded murder he tries to seek justice,but two of the boys are coming from a rich and powerful family.Each thing he tries is thwarted until he takes matters into his own hand.The climatic outburst of violence is <more>
inevitable..."Red" is a slow-moving and meditative drama punctuated with sudden explosions of violence.The acting by Brian Cox is phenomenal,the supporting cast is also splendid.Overall,"Red" is a sad and beautiful story about a man and his dead dog.Thank You very much Lucky McKee and Trygwe Aliester Disen for such powerful piece of work.I have seen "The Girl Next Door" and "The Lost",but "Red" is the best adaptation of Ketchum to date.I'm glad that I saw it in the cinema during 2008 Warsaw Film Festival.
Red is Gold figuratively speaking, of course (by daniel-1759)
The movie is called Red, and it's currently in limited release in theaters, which means it's nowhere near theaters in my beloved Charlotte, NC. Red was available locally though to order via pay-per-view for a slightly higher than normal price, but I figured, what the heck, it's cheaper than driving to the theater and buying a ticket.Red stars the great actor Brian Cox The Bourne Supremacy as Av Ludlow, a sullen widower and veteran who takes the afternoon off from his country store in an unidentified mountain town and goes fishing with old dog named Red. The peaceful fishing trip <more>
turns sour when Ludlow is visited by three teens out hunting, and their proxy leader, Danny Noel Fisher decides to rob the old man. Ludlow does not resist, but when he has nothing of value, Danny shoots Red out of sheer spite.Ludlow buries Red, and goes about finding the boys who killed his beloved dog. When Ludlow finds who Danny is, he goes to the boy's father, a rich man named McCormack Tom Sizemore , who believes his son's denials rather than the old man's claims. Ludlow wants justice and an apology, but when he doesn't get it he goes to the local sheriff, an old friend Richard Riehle the guy who invented the "jump to conclusions mat" in Office Space , who can't convince anyone to prosecute the powerful McCormack kid.Things escalate when the sheriff recommends that Ludlow tell his story to a local TV reporter Kim Dickens to put public pressure on the D.A. to press charges. Ludlow agrees, and after the piece airs a series of escalating retaliations begin as Ludlow and the McCormacks come closer to impending tragedy. A rock is thrown through Ludlow's window, Ludlow begins to follow the teenagers, and that's the tip of the iceberg.The story unfolds on a small scale, at an unhurried pace. Nothing feels staged or inauthentic, even the ultimate showdown.There are a lot of elements at play in Red, and it's not just about cruelty to animals, though that message is part of it. The TV reporter who does a feature on Ludlow states in the piece: "It has been said that the greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be measured by the way it treats its animals." While Ludlow certainly is defending the rights of his dog who couldn't defend himself, there is no implication that the dog's life is more valuable than the life of the perpetrators, which I have to appreciate. Not that killing a dog isn't a despicable thing worthy of punishment, it's just that during the recent Michael Vick dog-fighting scandal I was dismayed by how many people seemed to regard the crime as worse than murder or rape. It's not.Ludlow's affection to his dog is in part due to the fact that Red was a gift from his late wife. The scene where Ludlow tells the reporter what happened to his wife and two sons is genuinely heartbreaking. It's a lengthy speech delivered by Cox in a low-key, melancholy fashion that is utterly riveting, shown without visual flashback gimmicks that may have been tempting to the dual directors Lucky McKee and Trygve Allister Diesen .Ludlow's dogged if you pardon the expression stand is motivated primarily by wanting justice rather than revenge. When the sheriff suggests he can file a civil suit against the McCormacks, Ludlow is dismayed because that would only win him money. Danny has committed a crime, and if he won't admit it and ask forgiveness Ludlow will accept nothing less than justice.I loved Red, though I don't expect everyone will embrace it. If you liked the pointless though flashy Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, you'll probably hate Red. Red is a drama without a major star; the action occurs in sudden, bursts of violence; and there aren't any particularly happy characters. This isn't fun escapism, it's a serious, tense, meditative drama.Brian Cox is terrific in the lead. Cox has been a marvelous actor for a long time, the man who actually portrayed Hannibal Lecter before Anthony Hopkins in the 1986 Michael Mann film Manhunter. If you don't know Cox's name, you will recognize his face when you see it he's provided strong supporting roles in such films as Red Eye no relation to Red , X-Men 2, 25th Hour, Long Kiss Goodnight, and countless others. Given a rare opportunity to be the star, Cox delivers a performance worthy Academy Award consideration for Best Actor.This is a great movie, easily the best I've seen since the Dark Knight.Daniel J. Roos film.ispwn.com
I loved watching this, despite, like others said, it is very sad and the kind of movie that keeps you on the edge and make you feel frustrated for what the character goes thru. I felt the story of his family's tragedy was a bit overboard, but I guess it was in line with his character.The acting is truly a pleasure to watch. Cox is really a good actor and he proved himself once again hereAll in all, really a very good movie that will give you a harsh lesson of life, principles and how far one is ready to go to defend these.P.S. the innocent puppy at the end made me weap a bit :
A nuanced story and mesmerizing performance make this a must see (by Craig_McPherson)
Brian Cox is ranked among the best character actors in the business. Yet, for all his talent, he's seldom chosen as a leading man, instead being called upon to fill supporting roles as far ranging as the original Hannibal Lecter Manhunter to William Wallace's dad in Bravehart and William Stryker in X2, the X-Men sequel, among only a few of his 134 roles thus far. So it comes as a bit of a surprise to see him handed the lead in Red, a mini-masterpiece of one man's quest for justice which screened at the 2008 edition of Montreal's Fantasia film festival.Directed by Trygve <more>
Allister Diesen and Lucky McKee May, The Woods , and based on a story by Jack Ketchum, Red tells the story of aging war vet Avery Ludlow Cox , whose only remaining companion after a life of tragedy, a dog named Red, is brutally killed by a group of teens. Built upon a remarkably rich, layered and textured script by Stephen Susco The Grudge , the story doesn't play out as your simple paint-by-numbers revenge thriller. Instead, it unfolds slowly and all too realistically as Ludlow seeks redress, not revenge, from the wealthy father of two of the boys Tom Sizemore in full sleaze mode , only to be rebuffed by parents and legal channels alike. Even when these attempts fail, Ludlow, ever the civil citizen, tells his story to the local TV news, and launches a lawsuit against the killers.Drawing parallels between teen dog killer Danny McCormack Noel Fisher and Ludlow's chilling account of how his own son single handedly destroyed his family, we're presented with a man whose motivation for justice is driven in large part by a belated attempt to right the wrongs of his past. So much so, in fact, that in the absence of his companion dog, the quest for justice virtually becomes Ludlow's reason for living, to the point where it practically consumes him.Cox's performance here is nothing short of breathtaking. He carries this movie on his back and is in every scene, mesmerizing you with his nuanced portrayal of a lonely man to whom tragedy has bequeathed a host of inner demons to torment him in his twilight years.Don't mistake Red for lesser fare such as Death Wish or The Brave One. While it is constructed around a fairly simple premise that on the surface appears primed to appeal to the base human desire for revenge, the story here is so much more than that, and to give it short shrift and dismiss it as mere manipulative movie making would be to miss out on a story and performance that is a true must see.
Despite a few tweaks here and there, this was very faithful to the source novel and is definitely worth your time. (by GrandpaBunche)
After seeing the trailer for this a few weeks ago, I decided to read the source novel before going to the movie. Jack Ketchum's novel is a pretty taught thriller that stays very realistic in telling its tale of an old man's increasingly frustrating attempts to get justice for his senselessly murdered pooch, but the book does feature a gratuitous romantic entanglement and a final chapter that could have been completely excised with no loss of the story's narrative power; the final chapter goes on after the real climax to the story and is in fact more of an epilogue than a proper <more>
ending, but it unnecessarily gives the reader an all-too-tidy three-way happy ending with an incongruous bit of tragedy thrown in for good ? measure. Thankfully the novel's problems were carefully considered and left out of the film, even to the point of losing or consolidating some of the minor characters with no harm done to the overall story.This is a textbook example of exactly how to handle a novel-to-screen adaptation, and I'd wager that author Jack Ketchum is more than pleased with the translation. Brian Cox always a consummate actor turns in one of his best performances, and the whole cast is equally game, especially two of the boys involved in the attempted robbery and pet-slaying. And for those expecting a seventies-style vengeance flick filled with wall-to-wall guns-a-blazin', I'd advise you to check your expectations at the door. The pursuit of justice follows very legal steps until it's apparent that such an approach won't amount to anything, but even when it gets rough the story stays completely believable. One of the year's best films, and that's no lie.
After reading lots of positive reviews on RED, I kind of knew it was going to be good..And it was.It's kind of like the defender who plays well all season but does'nt get the player of the year award!A brilliant film, but because it has'nt got special effects or a mega star cast it will not get the push it needs to hit the cinemas, but let me tell you. RED hits the spot.It' about an oldish guy played splendidly by Brian Cox whose only buddy is his 14 year old dog called RED. One day out fishing with Red, three young guys turn up and harass him and eventually shoot Red <more>
dead.So now Brian Cox' character wants justice, but two of the guys whose killed Reds' dad is the towns main man, Cox wants revenge!Basically thats the plot, so simple, but so effective!No blood and guts, No special effects...Just a brilliant film, no matter what genre you like. You just can't not like this film.