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Red Riding

(DVD - 2010)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
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These three separate but interrelated films move unflinchingly through a turbulent and tragic decade in the West Riding region of Yorkshire, England. Serial murders, child abductions and rampant police corruption abound--no one escapes undamaged.

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BBC-funded adaptation of Peace's Red Riding Quartet (distilled down to a trilogy in the name of manageability). As dark, trenchant and implosive as Peace's novels, Red Riding is a black meditation on power and abuse in northern 1970s England.

Serial murders, child abductions, and police corruption. Oh my! The series begins in 1974, jumps to 1980, and ends in 1983.

These three separate but interrelated films move unflinchingly through a turbulent and tragic decade in the West Riding region of Yorkshire, England. Serial murders, child abductions and rampant police corruption abound--no one escapes undamaged.


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Sep 26, 2012
  • pronto1961 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

loosely based on the true events regarding the yorkshire ripper case. harrowing and unsettling.

Aug 16, 2012
  • photogrrlkp rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

I'd heard good things about the series and I had been meaning to watch it for a while, so I was doubly disappointed with the first part of the trilogy. I was expecting a detective/journalist crime thriller, more along the lines of "Zodiac", where you get a good bit of the information about the case as you go along, with a clear (or at least implied) conclusion. Instead, you have a great cast playing a bunch of not terribly likable one-dimensional characters whose motivations and actions are questionable at every turn. It's depressing, violent, gruesome, and very unsatisfying - and had nothing to do with the Yorkshire Ripper case. From what I've read, the second part is more of what I was expecting, so I might give it a shot, but not until I wash the taste of death and corruption out of my mind with a few light and airy rom-coms.

Feb 22, 2012
  • gemini07 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Spellbinding and gripping trilogy. Well done.

Too dark, too intense and too many really unsavoury characters. Yes, it is very well done - great acting, but it wasn't for me.

Sep 12, 2011
  • docjnsuss rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Red Riding is a trilogy that takes place in Yorkshire England during the '70s and '80s. Based on true events the movies combine child abductions, serial murders and police corruption. The first movie 1974 deals with an investigative reporter's look into several child abductions. During the investigation the reporter discovers a cabal of corrupt police who torture and put innocent people in prison to cover up their own misdeeds. The second movie 1980 mainly covers an investigation into Jack the Ripper style serial murders. Finally, 1983 basically ties all of the storylines together. These movies are complex and intense dramas of greed, corruption, torture and murder.

Jul 18, 2011
  • Glencoe_Mike rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Trilogy of films based on the David Peace books. They are ostensibly about the Yorkshire Ripper but are really much more interested in police corruption. They're bleak - the only one with anything resembling a happy ending was the 1983 one. 1980 was perhaps my favorite, though. I felt like they all could have been fleshed out a little more but it was an interesting trip.

May 01, 2011
  • cheadlebeagle rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is a dark, gritty 3 part series about police corruption in Yorkshire, England in the 1970s and 1980s set against the backdrop of the real Yorkshire Ripper murders. It is brilliantly acted and follows the disappearance of young girls and the cover up involved. It is hard to watch at times but is a gripping series.

Apr 25, 2011
  • heartofoak rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

To find a single movie with greatness is a feat, but 3 movies by 3 directors that form a brilliant cohesive story it utterly astounding. In reality, it is more like a serial than 3 films. The casting is superb & the story is complex but believable. You are always kept just an arm's length from discovering what it going on, which gives it a distinct noir feel. The main characters are imperfect, at times pathetic, but they trudge on for truth despite everything continually being stacked against them. Suspenseful, unpredictable, with unexpected doses of humanity thrown in that helps offset the sometimes overwhelming violence.

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Sep 26, 2012
  • pronto1961 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Aug 16, 2012
  • photogrrlkp rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

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