When I was a child, I'd grown quite partial to our canine friends. In Elementary school, I fell deeply in love with the novel Where the Red Fern Grows. Its intimacy for animals and human nature is a marvel in literature. This is the same substance that resonates from Red which ultimately makes it a fine film overwhelming with a deep emotion and frustration towards Generation X-ers.
Red is a strange mix between Death Wish and Where the Red Fern Grows. For some inexplicable reason, this mix creates a revenge concoction like no other. Brian Cox is a very talented actor who plays the reclusive man, but fans of any form of cinema will pay note to another cameo by Robert Englund who plays father to one of the boys involved. Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man villain Tom Sizemore plays almost the very same role and attitude as he denies his sons involvement up and down.
The score that accompanies the film is a bland choice; just elevating levels of orchestra that don't hit any real chords with the viewers. The ending is well structured and heart-breaking. After watching this film, I feel the need to go read the book. I wonder if a cat lover would still appreciate this films emotional aesthetics? Red isn't an art piece nor an important film. Its sole purpose is to make you think and feel and it does just that quite well.
For everyone who has every enjoyed the outdoors or the simple treasures of a country life, Red will sparkle in your eyes over other films that deal with the thought of separating from your loved ones. It is a satisfying film experience that challenges the idea of forgiveness to the core. If someone can do so much harm and not feel any sympathy, why forgive them for their mistakes when a God surely wouldn't? Red is not complete without it's scripting flaws or pacing issues, but it is a damn fine film that makes me feel the need to play a game with my canine counterpart after viewing.