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‘Colors of Evil: Red’ Netflix Movie Review - A Polish Crime Drama That Hooks You In

The film follows an ambitious prosecutor who, alongside the victim’s mother, unravels a murder case that eerily mirrors a 15-year-old cold case, plunging them into the criminal depths of Poland’s Tri-City area.

Anjali Sharma - Wed, 29 May 2024 16:30:13 +0100 1419 Views
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"Colors of Evil: Red," directed by Adrian Panek and based on Małgorzata Oliwia Sobczak’s novel, is a gripping Polish crime drama that dives deep into the dark underbelly of Poland’s Tri-City area. With a runtime of nearly two hours, the film keeps you hooked with its intricate plot and compelling performances by its cast, particularly Jakub Gierszał and Maja Ostaszewska.

The story follows ambitious prosecutor Leopold Bilski (played by Jakub Gierszał), who is drawn into a harrowing murder case of a young girl found on a beach. Bilski's determination to solve the case intensifies when he discovers unsettling parallels to a cold case from 15 years prior. This discovery, however, is met with resistance from his superiors, leading Bilski to team up with the victim’s mother, Helena Bogucka (Maja Ostaszewska), who is relentless in her quest for justice.

The film’s strength lies in its atmospheric setting and character-driven narrative. The locations in Gdynia, Gdańsk, and Sopot provide a visually arresting backdrop that enhances the story’s tension. These cities, with their blend of modern and historic architecture, amplify the film's mood, making the Tri-City almost a character in itself.

Jakub Gierszał’s portrayal of Bilski is both intense and nuanced, capturing the prosecutor's desperation and determination. Maja Ostaszewska, as Helena, brings a raw, emotional depth to her role, making the audience feel her grief and resolve. The supporting cast, including Kagga Jayson, adds layers to the narrative, enriching the film's complex portrayal of crime and justice.

On the positive side, "Colors of Evil: Red" excels in its cinematography and pacing. The film uses the coastal landscapes effectively, creating a hauntingly beautiful yet menacing atmosphere. The suspense is maintained throughout, with the plot unfolding methodically, keeping viewers engaged as Bilski and Helena delve deeper into the criminal world of the Tri-City. The film also tackles themes of corruption and the dogged pursuit of truth, resonating well in today's socio-political climate.

However, the film is not without its flaws. The storyline, while gripping, sometimes falls into familiar tropes of the crime genre. There are moments where the predictability undermines the suspense. Additionally, the dialogue can occasionally feel stilted, detracting from the otherwise strong performances. The pacing, although generally well-handled, does have a few sluggish segments that might test the patience of some viewers.

Despite these issues, "Colors of Evil: Red" stands out in the crowded field of crime dramas with its strong performances, compelling narrative, and stunning use of location. It’s a film that, while not perfect, delivers a powerful story with emotional depth and visual flair. The exploration of old and new crimes interwoven with personal vendettas and systemic corruption makes it a thought-provoking watch that stays with you long after the credits roll.

For those who appreciate a well-crafted crime thriller with a deep emotional core, "Colors of Evil: Red" is a worthy addition to Netflix’s growing library of international films. Its blend of gritty realism and cinematic beauty offers a fresh take on the genre, making it a must-watch for fans of intense, character-driven storytelling.

Final Score- [6/10]
Reviewed by - Anjali Sharma
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Publisher at Midgard Times



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