Multi-award winning actor Brian Cox plays reclusive Avery Ludlow, a small-town shop owner whose only reason for living is his dog, Red. When a group of bored and bad-seed teens savagely kill the animal, Cox is determined to settle the score by wreaking vengeance by whatever means possible, whether within the law or not. But when Ludlow learns more about one of the killers, he finds himself conflicted by his desires for revenge and by the memory of a long-held secret. Based on the novel by cult thriller writer Jack Ketchum, and written by the writer of The Grudge, Red is a powerful story detailing what motivates an otherwise quiet man to become obsessed with retribution.
Justice for Red.
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Avery Ludlow is a small town grocery store owner who lives alone with his constant companion, a 14 year old mongrel name Red. When Avery takes the day off work to go fishing at the local lake he’s approached by a group of three teens out hunting. While the conversation starts off as friendly it soon becomes menacing in tone as one boy points his gun at Avery and demands money. When all he is offered is the 20 dollars in the glove-box of Avery’s truck, he calmly points his shotgun at Red and at point blank range shoots the dog in the head. The boys then calmly walk away, laughing at the old man and his dying dog. After going home and burying his dog, Avery visits a local gun store and through their records identifies owner of the shotgun as Danny McCormack, the son of wealthy businessman Michael McCormack who despite his respectable facade is little more than a redneck with political connections. And in his search for justice it’s not long before Avery and the McCormack’s enter a bitter feud. ‘Red’ is a film which suffered terrible setbacks during its production, Angela Bettis was originally cast as local reporter Carrie Donnel, the female lead in the film. Though the producers were so unhappy with her performance she was sacked after the first few weeks of shooting, Director Lucky McKee, making a stand for Bettis then resigned taking key members of the crew with him. Production came to a halt, Kim Dickens was cast in Bettis’ role and then the rest of the film was shot by Norwegian director Trygve Diesen. Despite all the behind the scenes drama ‘Red’ is a pretty good revenge thriller with an engaging storyline which slowly builds in pace. Cox is excellent as the mild mannered Avery who stubbornly stands his ground against a dangerous and well connected family. Overall, ‘Red’ is a well written revenge drama which is very similar in tone to a Stephen King novella, and despite a slightly sappy ending this tense, slowly paced and powerful film is well worth renting.