Occasionally I watch a film that I review twice and several times more than twice. If you watch “La Flamme Rouge” you may need multiple views because it is so full of subplots that it is hard to connect all the dots on one view. However the film, written and directed by the Maze Brothers (Brent and Derek), may be deliberately crafted that way. My experience is that North American audiences are used to being spoon-fed. You will not receive that with this film.
If you like a film with a great soundtrack that matches its emotional roller coaster thread you’ll find it here. I love those “Blade Runner” influenced riffs throughout the film.
If you like great sets and cinematography you’ll find it in abundance here.
You know I can’t give away too much of the plot. In fact I will admit I feel like I am missing “clear linkage” of all the sub-plots and the role the characters play in each. Whether the Maze Brothers did this intentionally to take us off track I am not certain. What I will say if you like colourful characters, double dealing, murder, treachery, psychotic killers, bad ass thugs, gangstas and eccentric characters you’ll find it in the film. One might say the film is jammed with flawed and untrustworthy characters.
The acting is decent with Rick Van Pelt played by Balthazar Getty, the main character being a bit weak here and there but he has a difficult multidimensional role to play. Detective Morrison played by George Griffith puts on a superb performance as a somewhat seedy and unconventional officer of the law. Charlie McElveen is brilliant as a slimy doped up snake of a man.
As of November 5th, the film was available in theatres and on demand.
You can watch the trailer here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_Nq14XcI7o