A film by James Marsh

Cast: Warren Clarke, Paddy Considine, James Fox

It is the continuation but in the year 1980. The thing is it is the best of the three films. It is unpredictable and ending that will blow you away. The story is not so much about crime solving as it is about the twisted workings of the unit that is supposed to be doing the crime solving. The tension is so thick in this film that you can cut it with a knife and the stakes are higher. The films are from the adaptation of the books from English author David Peace’s Red Riding Quartet (1999–2002). The quartet comprises the novels Nineteen Seventy-Four (1999), Nineteen Seventy-Seven (2000), Nineteen Eighty (2001) and Nineteen Eighty-Three (2002). The studio decided to put the 1974 ,1977 together and to cut drastically the story. So it became Red Riding 1974, Red Riding 1980, and Red Riding 1983.

Peter Hunter (Paddy Considine), a “clean” Manchester cop was brought in to investigate the local police force’s handling of the high-profile “Yorkshire Ripper” case. 13 women has been killed and the ripper is still out there. Well he stopped for 4 years and went back to killing full speed ahead so the count is now 13 women. So far no progress has been made and no arrest. By the way events in this movie are loosely based on an infamous real-life case. Peter’s  team includes : the business man John Nolan (Tony Pitts) and Helen Marshall (Maxine Peake), with whom he previously had an affair. Bob (Sean Harris), has something to hide. As the story is unfolding some more stuff comes up with a few twist and and ending with a bang. The acting is spectacular in this one and so is the story telling, it leaves the viewer for wanting more. And more they shall have with the final film. This film lives up to the hype and much more.


Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1980


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