Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Blood Red (1989)

How bad is it? It's nothing you haven't slept through before.
Should you see it? No. People see it for the cast, then wish they hadn't.

This film will always have a small audience of people wanting to see Julia Roberts' first film. Wait, you say, wasn't that "Mystic Pizza?" or "Satisfaction?" or "Firehouse?" This was filmed before any of those, but sat on a shelf for three years before being released - never a good sign - and was a project that had been in the works for a decade before that. The film stars Julia's brother Eric, who is not as hammy as usual, and Giancarlo Giannini, who's pretty good as usual and even has Dennis Hopper, Burt Young, Michael Madsen, Susan Anspach and Aldo Ray in roles. The cast suggest this should be better than it is. This is a very basic story: a railroad baron (Hopper, with a ridiculous accent) wants land being used for a winery; after his father is killed, Eric seeks revenge... and the film turns into an old-fashioned western. It's all very predictable and only the pretty scenery and costumes are watchable.

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