Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1974 (2009)

Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1974 (2009) — So there was a tremendous amount of hype on these movies and from the first chapter I’m not sure that it’s going to live up to it.  That’s what I hate about hype.  Taken on its own, this is a good movie, but not really a great one.  There is a compelling mystery and an interesting lead character, played by future Spider-Man Andrew Garfield.  Garfield’s Eddie Dunford is an inexperienced reporter hired to the Yorkshire Post, at about the same time a young girl is abducted.  Dunford links the kidnapping to two previous ones.  There’s also another situation being investigated by a friend of his about local businessman (Sean Bean) and corruption within the police department.  With so much going on it’s a wonder that the movie still manages to feel a bit slow-paced, and not necessarily in a good way.  The movie has a bleak look to it and the tone matches.  In the end I would say that I liked the movie enough that I will check out the other two.

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