Red (2008): Trygve Allister’s Tale of Korea War Vet, Starring Brian Cox

“Red,” which Magnolia will release, is the story of Avery Allan Ludlow (Brian Cox), a Korean War vet with a tragic past, lives alone in a small town, where he runs the local hardware store.

Averys only companion is a 14 year-old ginger-haired dog, aptly named Red by Avs late wife. One day, Av and Red are enjoying a placid outing at their favorite fishing spot when three boys and a shotgun come along. In an instant, Avs lifelong friend is gone, the victim of a cruel, senseless act.

Devastated, Av determines to find out who the boys are and why they did it. Helped by a local reporter (Dickens), Av tries to expose the truth, but his efforts are ignored by authorities and mocked by the teenagers. The boys parents, a rich local businessman (Sizemore) and, across town, a hardscrabble laborer (Englund) and his wife (Plummer), are just as determined to keep Av down. But, faithful to the memory of his best friend, Av single-mindedly presses for justice with or without the law on his side.

“Red” is directed by Trygve Allister Diesen and Lucky McKee, and written by Stephen Susco from a novel by Jack Ketchum. It’s produced by Trygve Allister Diesen and Norman Dreyfuss and stars Brian Cox (The Bourne Identity/Supremacy), Tom Sizemore (Saving Private Ryan), Kim Dickens (“Deadwood”), Noel Fisher (“The Riches”), Kyle Gallner (“Smallville”), Shiloh Fernandez (“Jericho”), Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street series), and Amanda Plummer (Pulp Fiction).

The film is unrated with a running time of 100 minutes.