Kate Dickie, as Jackie, and Tony Curran, as Clyde, give powerful, intense performances. It's a poor neighborhood in Glasgow. Jackie works as a surveillance officer. She zooms in on shady activity and reports it to the police. She is especially interested in Clyde's activities and ends up following him on foot. Where will it lead and why would she put herself in danger? The film's gritty realism makes you forget you are watching a movie. No Hollywood glamour girls here. Andrea Arnold is an amazing director who captures the lives of people/characters who don't normally make it to the big screen. She creates a real sense of suspense. She makes you care about people, even those who have done unsavory things. I'm a big fan and not just because we share the same first name.
The x-rated sex scene over powered any redeeming qualities regarding the issues addressed.
This movie made me confront fear. Transferred fear for the main character in part. In part my own fear. Intelligent and resonating.
Red Road has everything you expect from a British crime/police film, or most any British film, unless it's a costume drama -- realistic story, drab, gritty locations, good acting, slowish pace. It even has a good twist, that throws a different light on what you have seen. But is it too much to ask for even one film about a woman in law enforcement, who is not SPOILER FOR SOMEONE WHO HAS NEVER SEEN A UK FILM OR TV SERIES troubled, substance-addicted, corrupt, compromised, traumatized, lonely, incompetent and/or deluded? Someone who is good at her job, and enjoys doing it? Huh?
This is a 2006 British film directed by Andrea Arnold.
It tells the story of Jackie Morrison, a CCTV security operator who observes through her monitors a man from her past.
Filmed by handheld cameras and with natural light, it appears amateuristic.
In the film, she is presented as a person who observes parts of Glasgow through the CCTV lenses, but rarely participates in this world.
She lives somewhat of an isolated existence.
Suddenly, she becomes obsessed with this particular man and starts following him.
You might wonder how come she's doing this.
Jackie attends a party at the man's flat on Red Road with a view to finding out more about him.
The tension builds as it is not revealed immediately in the film as to why she is so obsessed with the man.
You receives very little information as to why Jackie chooses to pursue this person with such determination.
At the end, however, I'm kinda dissapointed because my built-up thrill and suspence somehow disappears at all.
Dark and tense story but captivating treatment of it. Excellent actors.
waste of time
One of my all time favourite films. Terrible and terribly moving.
Gripping. Must watch the Oscar winning short in the special features.
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