Wednesday, April 11, 2012

My Review Of “Red Kingdom Rising”




308794_252148108157452_143817935657137_726413_531205949_n     Navin Dev transports us into the dark realm of nightmarish memories through the eyes of Mary Ann, a woman plagued by horrific dreams and a troubled past where she is forced to deal with traumatic experiences as she journeys through a hellish fairy tale. The Red Kingdom holds the truth of her early years she desperately tries to forget yet is forced to live through vivid images of a twisted world ruled by the Red King. It is a world mirroring the story of Alice In Wonderland. The symbolism flows visually and disturbingly entwined within Mary Ann’s own nightmare land. However this story takes a darker, more sinister trip into a childhood of unspeakable suffering.

     “Red Kingdom Rising” was written, directed and produced by Navin Dev and shot of Super 16mm. The film is stunning, filled with images dangling between light and dark. An accent that helps to complement the emotional struggle between real and fantasy. It delves into the psyche of a disturbed young woman forced to face her past and free herself from her torment. It is a powerful struggle drifting within scenes that play out her childish nightmares in vivid detail. The story flows between the predictable moments of whimsy and the unexpected scenes of horror.

     Navin Dev’s “Red Kingdom Rising” is a perfect visual journey through childhood trauma and the attempt to reconcile those horrible memories in order to heal. The telling of this hellish fairy tale is intense and macabre. The dance between the characters Mary Ann has created and the actual truth of her childhood build epically as she is forced to face her biggest demon, the Red King. He is the representation of all her suffering.

     The story explores a very real and deeply personal problem that plagues society, the exploitation of innocence and the fragility of childhood. We are forced to go into the dark recesses of our own childhood fairy tales and explore their origins. Origins that may be founded in nightmare and pain. It is a trip into the past prayed forgotten, suppressed into a world of make believe that can keep us chained to our fears. Through a visual representation of horror and fantasy we face our demons and claw our way out of hell.

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