Release Date
February 19, 2010
Julian Jarrold (1974)
James Marsh (1980)
Anand Tucker (1983)
Tony Grisoni
Distributed By
Warner Bros. Pictures
$80 million
Crime, Drama, Mystery
Not Rated
295 minutes

Red Riding Trilogy

Perhaps I am among the minority, but the Red Riding Trilogy did little to entertain or inspire me. Much like the reception I gave The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, the Red Riding Trilogy does little to set it apart from any other films in the suspense/thriller genre. In a way, these films take a step backwards in feeding the viewer recycled versions of their predecessors. Murder and serial killer mysteries are only mildly entertaining without a fresh delivery of the age old tales. As far as the Red Riding Trilogy is concerned, we should be dishing out the washed up Jack The Ripper murder mysteries, the same exact way they have always been told, regardless of how bad they need to evolve.

The characters throughout the three films are uninspiring and uninteresting. Perhaps the tasks at hand are so drab the characters come off colorless as well, but overall, there were little to no viewer-character connection. Most of the time, I found it hard to be drawn to the screen let alone the characters within that frame. Completely unappealing, there is little left for the Red Riding Trilogy to deliver following the disappointing plot and characters.

The story over the three films involves corrupt Yorkshire police, a convict serial killer, and the men that want to detective their way through the plots of the three films. In the end, not one of the films comes off unique or above average and barely skim the red line of being unwatchable.

The Red Riding Trilogy’s saving grace is the inclusion of a different director with a different medium for each of the three films. The first (1974) is shot on 16mm film stock, the second (1980) on 35mm, and the last on one of the Red high definition cameras. The viewer truly experiences a different feel for each film and allows for the only standout feature of the trilogy. The third film (1983) is set apart from the rest of the trilogy solely by projecting in high definition and giving a richer feel to the overall story, most notably the end where Mark Abby’s character is sent to a chicken coup to save a child.

The harsh reality is that these films will be regarded highly by most who view them, but this viewer was less than impressed, which leaves little hope for the upcoming installments of the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo trilogy. Although extremely against Hollywood’s remakes of films within a few years of a film‘s original release, Hollywood cannot make this trilogy over soon enough. Add some more flair and originality and this film trilogy could come off much cleaner and well-respected, at least from my side of things.



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