EmptyPARK CITY -- Norwegian directors Trygve Allister Diesen and Lucky McKee have filled the boots of Gary Cooper, Jimmy Stewart and Clint Eastwood in this modern-day, old-style Western. A simple story set against the backdrop of the American West, "Red" should land in the black on cable or as video rentals.
In the grand tradition of a white hat vs. a black hat, "Red" is the story of one man who sets out to avenge the murder of his dog, Red. Starring Brian Cox as Avery, a man who has lost his family in tragic circumstances, "Red" is a taut and direct tale of revenge. It brims with the most satisfying ingredients of classic Westerns.
In this well-crafted case, the townfolk and the system is impotent to deal with the wrong. In short, Avery must take on the region's rich bully, the father of the snotwad who killed his dog. And he must do it alone. As the decent, nonviolent man who must use his gun, Brian Cox embodies the solid virtues of the best of Western heroes.
Although simple, "Red" is riveting. Screenwriter Stephen Susco has spun a taut tale of revenge and layered it with keen insights into the power structure of rural towns. Directors Trygve Allister Diesen and Lucky McKee carve out a majestically spare movie, with evident reverence for the old masters, Howard Hawks and John Ford.
Technical contributions are topnotch, especially cinematographer Harald Gunnar Paalgard's succinct framing and psychologically evocative lighting.
A Tenk Prod.
Trygve Allister Diesen, Lucky McKee
Screenwriter: Stephen Susco
Producers: Trygve Allister Diesen, Norman Dreyfuss
Executive producer: Bill Strauss, Lawrence Mattis, Randy Ostrow
Director of photography: Harald Gunnar Paalgard: Editor: Jon Endre Mork
Avery Ludlow: Brian Cox
Michael: Tom Sizemore
Danny: Noel Fisher
Harold: Kyle Gallner
Pete: Shiloh Fernandez
Mrs. Doust: Amanda Plummer
Running time – 98 minutes
No MPAA rating