Kevin Smith has a new movie to show you and he’s hoping to bring it to theaters in March of 2011. With a teaser trailer out for Red State, Smith’s anticipated thriller film, movie geeks and Smith fans everywhere can finally see what he’s been working on, sort of. Full of religious leanings and strong imagery, even after watching the trailer there is still a large amount of mystery as to what exactly Red State will be about.
While Red State is done filming and is set to screen at Sundance in January, Smith has yet to secure a distributor. So how is it that we, the average movie goers will get to see Red State come March? Smith basically has plans to “auction” off the distribution of the film to companies after the film has screened and everyone loves it. It may be a different tone and genrey, but this is really bringing Smith back to his independent film roots.
As it appears right now, with just this one minute teaser trailer for the cinema world to see and draw judgment from Red State looks to be in good shape. Without throwing the names of John Goodman, Stephen Root, or Kevin Pollak in your face, you see them in action in the clips of the film along with other heavy weighted scenes to draw you in. The shots and editing of them are effective, and that’s a good thing.
The real concern for how the film is received at this point seems to be that Red State could be a great thriller that draws from Christianity for structure and twisted extremism, or it may go overboard damning the religion as a whole. (Need an example of religious undertones in film? The Exorcist, yes, well done. The Reaping, no.)
While it may still be too early to tell if Red State will be the thrill of a lifetime or a horror drop in the bucket, Smith may be onto something in not only showing Hollywood a new method of securing a movie for the masses, but also that if you want something done the right way you do it yourself, backing or no.