11 November 2015 | quincytheodore
A poor and forgettable attempt at noir.
From the first moody monologue, it's clear that Red Herring wants to create a brooding detective story. It's utterly unfortunate that none of its production aspects remotely come close to create any decent action or thriller. This is practically a bad procedural cop showing, perhaps on par or even inferior to an episode of drama television series.
Story follows a detective who is friend with the suspect of his investigation. You'll notice soon that the main protagonist is trying to pull off Sin City with incredibly vexing amount of musing. He would daydream about his girl and comments about how bad the case is, which happens too many times it becomes comical.
Acting barely holds up in a few scenes yet falls apart in the rest, as though the characters themselves are bored. The movie also incorporates typical Russian henchmen, who might just have the worst accent in silver screen. I usually don't nitpick about accent, it's difficult to deliver precisely and if there's adequate effort it should be passable, but the accent here couldn't be less convincing even if they try to.
There are a few other technical flaws, but the most problematic is how boring this movie is. Red Herring is literally repetitive police leg works where neither the case nor the characters have any resemblance of appeal.