Red Riding: 1974 | Chicago Reader

Red Riding: 1974

Adapted from a series of novels by David Peace, the "Red Riding" trilogy (2009) incorporates true-crime stories from the north of England into a sweeping neo-noir saga in which the cops are as predatory as the criminals. This nightmarish whodunit is the first and best installment, and the only one that stands on its own (if you can tolerate a few loose ends). Andrew Garfield (Boy A) stars as a brash young crime reporter who bucks the indifference of his editor and the hostility of the local police to investigate a series of child murders. His clues point to a powerful local businessman (Sean Bean), but his impulsive affair with one of the bereaved mothers (Rebecca Hall of Vicky Cristina Barcelona) begins to cloud his judgment. The story elements are highly familiar, as they are in the other movies, but the grim psychology and tightly coiled plotting make for a mesmerizing experience. Julian Jarrold (Brideshead Revisited) directed a script by Tony Grisoni; with David Morrissey, Eddie Marsan, and Peter Mullan. 107 min.

Credits

Director:

  • Julian Jarrold

Cast:

  • Andrew Garfield
  • David Morrissey
  • Rebecca Hall
  • Sean Bean
  • John Henshaw
  • Anthony Flanagan
  • Warren Clarke
  • Jennifer Hennessy
  • Mary Jo Randle
  • Rachel Allen
  • Rita May
  • Graham Walker
  • Berwick Kaler
  • Katherine Vasey
  • Danny Cunningham
  • Michelle Dockery
  • Robert Sheehan
  • Eddie Marsan
  • Daniel Mays

Producers:

  • Wendy Brazington
  • Andrew Eaton
  • Hugo Heppell
  • Liza Marshall

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