Red Dot (2021) Review

Great tension and atmosphere, but a little predictable on plot and a little slow in places, means this thriller is merely average for me.

Certificate: 15

Director: Alain Darborg

Screenwriter: Alain Darborg, Per Dickson

Starring: Nanna Blondell, Anastasios Soulis, Johannes Kuhnke

Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller

Runtime: 86 Minutes

Language: Swedish

Rating: 2 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

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When Nadja becomes pregnant, she and her husband make an attempt to rekindle their relationship by traveling to the north of Sweden for a hiking trip but soon their romantic trip turns into a nightmare. – From IMDB

Thrillers are a tough one aren’t they.  It is very hard now to right a thriller that will genuinely keep people on the edge of their seat and top it off with an ending that people didn’t see coming.  While ‘Red Dot’ does do a great job of ramping up the tension and the terror, and kept me engaged the whole time, some issues with pacing and some shocking medical science mean that I was never really fully invested. 

Eighty-Six minutes is a good runtime for your average thriller.  It doesn’t overstay it’s welcome.  You don’t get bored witing for the big reveal, and for your average movie goer, and hour and a half is a good length film to watch just casually one afternoon.  So I have no idea how this film managed to make itself feel so much longer than it actually was.  It takes it’s time getting going, and then periodically throughout there were moments of downtime, presumably to allow the audience a moment to catch their breath.  But these moments felt unnecessary, there wasn’t enough character development to make them worthwhile and it broke up the main story way too much.  But the good bit, the final act where all the twists are revealed still felt a little rushed.

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We aren’t given enough hints early on that there is some background story going on.  Instead it blindsides us and we have to catch up on a lot of character background very quickly.  I didn’t see the end coming per-se.  I thought I knew how it was going to go, but it does feel very anti-climactic the way the story wraps up.  Seems like a lot of build up for little pay off.

The acting is pretty good throughout, especially in the third act when we get all the important reveals, though at the beginning the characters aren’t particularly likeable.  On the technical side the film is pretty great, the cinematography, the direction and the writing are all pretty great and the musical score adds to an already great atmosphere.  So really, it’s the plot that let this down for me.

‘Red Dot’ is streaming now on Netflix.

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