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Colors of Evil: Red (2024)

Colors of Evil: Red (2024)

A gory and fluffy crime drama hiding behind nonlinear storytelling

5.5

Movie

Poland
Polish
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
2024
ADRIAN PANEK
Andrzej Konopka, Andrzej Zieliński, Jakub Gierszał
112 min

TLDR

If 30 minutes in, you still feel like you’re getting nothing, it’s not the "slow burn," it’s the movie.

What it's about

The discovery of a dead woman’s body on a beach sparks a search for a mutilating killer.

The take

It starts out easy and compelling enough, in the middle of a crime scene with a naked dead girl on the shore. But easy and compelling this refuses to be. The film seems to be a slow, painful look at the process of capturing a perpetrator, a detective’s effort to profile a killer. But it threw a lot more at the wall hoping a lot more would stick. The nonlinear storytelling spices up the action, but it just feels like the base story needed all the help it could get. If you do stick with the movie, you’ll see some gory details, some twists, and an unnecessarily complex story.

What stands out

If that’s not a provocative hook, I don’t know what is.

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