Redboy 13

"Very Good"

Redboy 13 Review


Indie filmmaker Marcus van Bavel may not have a knack for catchy titles, but he certainly has a flair for spoofing the big-budget spy genre on what must have been a low six-figure budget.

Redboy 13 pays homage to Dr. Strangelove, Full Metal Jacket, Dirty Harry, Mission: Impossible, Rambo, and, most importantly, the James Bond films. Hell, if it wasn't for Austin Powers, Rwers, Redboy 13 would be the first real spy spoof to come along in a while.

Especially considering its humble origins in the backwoods of Texas, it's a damn good one. Er... a gosh darn good one, as Colonel Calcan (Logan) would say. Set in the waning days of the Cold War, Redboy 13 is the story of a 13-year old boy (Roy-Brown) who is trained to be a top agent for a splinter group of the U.S. government called the C.Y.A. Under the supervision of Calcan, Redboy is sent to Central America to overthrow a military regime... when he returns, he'll be "the biggest hero since Ollie North." There's even a big Bondian opening credits sequence with silhouettes, grandiose vocalizing, etc.

Redboy 13 plays it straight all the way, with the exception of van Bavel's appearance(s) in the film as three supporting characters, a la Peter Sellers in Strangelove (one of the characters is even a wheelchair-bound mad scientist whose allegiance is with Nazi Germany). In fact, if van Bavel didn't look so frighteningly like shock filmmaker John Waters, one might be tempted to take Redboy 13 at face value.

Tempted, but impossible. A darling of the festival circuit, Redboy 13 is shot in 35mm Cinemascope, has dozens of computer-generated effects (they look kinda cheesy, but hey, this is an indie pic), and only really suffers during some hammy acting that wanders into Leslie Nielsen territory a few times. But in the end, van Bavel's assured technical direction and clever photography make Redboy 13 eminently watchable.

A mountain of jokes don't hurt, either.

Redboy takes aim.



Redboy 13

Facts and Figures

Run time: 93 mins

Distributed by: Vanguard

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3.5 / 5

IMDB: 5.7 / 10

Cast & Crew

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Colossal Movie Review

Colossal Movie Review

It's rare to find a movie that so defiantly refuses to be put into a...

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Movie Review

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Movie Review

It's unlikely that Guy Ritchie could make a boring movie if he wanted to. This...

Snatched Movie Review

Snatched Movie Review

It doesn't really matter that the script for this lively action-comedy is paper thin: teaming...

Jawbone Movie Review

Jawbone Movie Review

Boxing movies aren't usually this thoughtful. Sure, there are plenty of punchy moments in the...

Whisky Galore! Movie Review

Whisky Galore! Movie Review

Scottish filmmaker Gillies MacKinnon (Hideous Kinky) remakes the 1949 Ealing comedy classic, although it's difficult...

Alien: Covenant Movie Review

Alien: Covenant Movie Review

Master filmmaker Ridley Scott is back to continue the story 10 years after the events...

The Journey (2017) Movie Review

The Journey (2017) Movie Review

A fictionalised account of real events, this drama is reminiscent of Peter Morgan's work in...

Advertisement
Sleepless Movie Review

Sleepless Movie Review

In remaking the 2011 French thriller Sleepless Night, the filmmakers have dumbed down both the...

Unlocked Movie Review

Unlocked Movie Review

By injecting a steady sense of fun, this slick but mindless action thriller both holds...

Lady Macbeth Movie Review

Lady Macbeth Movie Review

A seriously impressive feature directing debut with a star-making central performance, this period British drama...

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Movie Review

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Movie Review

It was never going to be easy to match the impact of 2014's Guardians of...

The Promise Movie Review

The Promise Movie Review

The director of Hotel Rwanda, Terry George, turns to another humanitarian horror: the systematic murder...

Their Finest Movie Review

Their Finest Movie Review

Skilfully written, directed and acted, this offbeat British period film tells a story that catches...

Unforgettable Movie Review

Unforgettable Movie Review

With heavy echoes of trashy thrillers like Fatal Attraction, this movie overcomes its painfully simplistic...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.