It’s vicious as well, and graphic ... reminded me of Clockwork Orange
SO YOU know what trilogy means. It means if you decide to watch Red Riding Trilogy on Tuesday night you’ll be committing yourself to the other two films as well. There’s not really any other way around it.
But you’ll need to be feeling strong. Nothing here is pretty. I was trying to recall the last time I was so affected by violence on screen and I couldn’t think of one. I’ve got a bad memory though.
I don’t mean violence like in the Saw movies, which is just stupidity. I mean corrupt cops shooting people in the head, running all manner of rackets, burning another cop’s house down. Violence people are helpless to stop. But it’s vicious as well, and graphic. Really terrifying. It actually reminded me a bit of Clockwork Orange. And as it happens one of the cops in this is Warren Clarke — Dalziel from Dalziel and Pascoe, in a somewhat, um, grittier role — who was in Clockwork Orange.
God the cops. It’s terrible. So disturbing. I thought, going in, what could be worse than the mess that was made of the Peter Sutcliffe investigation? The Yorkshire Ripper? I’d love to know just how true the facts of this are. Just how much of an active police cover-up there was, or if it was more dunderheaded bungling.
‘‘ See this?’’ one of them says pointing to the countryside from the back of a police van, moments before they’re about to throw someone out the back while it’s still moving. ‘‘ This is the north. And we do what we want.’’
This is about the Yorkshire Ripper and it isn’t. It’s more about corruption than about one man’s crimes. His name doesn’t even come up this week — it takes place in 1974 and his career in serial murder began in 1975, but there are crimes that happen, have al- ready happened, murders, that will still be reverberating within West Yorkshire in 1983, when the last film is set.
People other than Sutcliffe’s victims die. I felt like part of me died watching it. It’s very stressful. But — hey! — I love stuff like this. It confirms everything I already believe anyway. Bleak, depressing, violent, I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed it.
The three films have the same cast all the way through, apart from the ones who die horribly, and the same screenwriter — Tony Grisoni, the guy who also wrote the script for Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas — but three different directors. Julian Jarrold (Brideshead Revisited and Becoming Jane) made the one that’s on Tuesday night, and the main guy in it — remember him. Andrew Garfield. He’s the new Spider Man.
Terrifying: Andrew Garfield plays rookie journalist Eddie Dunford in Red Riding Trilogy.