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Feature 8.8
Video 8.5
Audio 8.5
Special Features 7.0
Total 8.8
Distributor: Madman
Running Time:
Classification: MA15+
Reviewer:
Kyle Sudukis

8.8


The Red Riding Trilogy

Based on the novels by British author David Peace, The Red Riding Trilogy has been successfully transformed into three made for TV movies which stars Sean Bean, Andrew Garfrield, Paddy Considine, Warren Clarke, Peter Mullan, David Morrissey, Maxine Peake, Eddie Marsan, Gerard Kearns, Daniel Mays, Rebecca Hall and Mark Addy. The screenplay was written by Tony Grisoni and in a similar vein to Australia's Underbelly series, each of the three movies is directed by a different director which include Anand Tucker, Julian Jarrold and James Marsh.

The story spans two decades that begin in the 1970's and move to the 80's in a realistic attempt to show the grim and gritty world of the dark side of not only the criminal underworld but also the corruption of the police force. Set in West Yorkshire, these three movies involve a wide gamut of topics from kidnapping to murder and conspiracy, each overlapping with the larger story of the Red Riding Trilogy.  With such as a high quality cast and some impressive production values, this movie is an extraordinary drama series that transcends many of police shows of today and there was not one moment in the entire series that was a low point.

In terms of the story, the first tale begins in 1974 which centers around crime report Eddie Dunford who becomes enthralled in the criminal underworld , including the corruption of the police force that has him investigating a girl who has gone missing. Director Julian Jarrold really captures the harsh climate of Britain in the 70's that makes it easy to become lost in the story. The next tale is set in 1980 and it appears that things have gotten worse within the police force and with their years of being unchecked have made them even more brazen than before.

As women are being murdered by a man dubbed the Yorkshire Ripper, Peter Hunter (Paddy Considine), a Manchester police officer has been sent to investigate his rogue buddies and in caught in a deadly world where he cannot trust or turn to anyone. The last film is set in 1983 and mimics the kidnappings of the girls from 1974, however the man who the West Workshire Police thought was responsible has been in custody. This time Detective Chief Superintendent Maurise Jobson (Morrisey) becomes involved in this puzzle, including solicitor John Piggot (Addy) and all the questions from the previous two installments come crashing down in a spectacular finale.

Masterfully directed by Anand Tucker, Julian Jarrold and James Marsh, The Red Riding Trilogy is a twisted and dark journey into two worlds that appear to as distinct as day and night, however both irrevocably linked and rotten to the core. However, a few individuals struggle with this world and through determination and human spirit, they manage to overcome the odds which makes this series so compelling.

With cinematic like movie quality and Dolby Digital 5.1, The Red Riding Trilogy is a high quality production that also comes with some interesting featurettes of the "Making Of" and some deleted scenes from the series. Definitely a series for those who like to think on a higher level, recommended!






 
 



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