The film's makers have a habit of cutting scenes short. Most older film writing starts scenes "in progress". This one does the opposite, often ending them in progress. Your mind fills in the elisions.
"Red White & Blue" (2010) appears in a list of rural neo-noirs, many of which have humorous streaks in them. This one does not. This one is dead serious. This picture is about as noir as noir comes. The writer-producer-director, Simon Rumley, didnít pull any punches.
The title refers to the U.S. flag. The man (Noah Taylor) who turns out to be at the murderous center of the movie wears a big flag on the back of his jacket. Heís a veteran of Iraq. He was an interrogator. Heís been offered a job with the CIA. He is psychopathic, judging from his treatment of animals when he was young and his treatment of the human beings whom he judges in this story.
The story clearly is meant to indict the callous brutality of the U.S. in Iraq and the fall into the use of torture. It looks back to torture and killing in Vietnam and it presages the killings of ISIS. Even though these are never mentioned, there are physical parallels and allusions. This indictment is never explicit in dialog, and itís all done via the action.
The "heroine" is a girl (Amanda Fuller) who dispenses HIV to partners, hardly aware of why she does it, rationalizing her promiscuity by her own rape when she was 4 years old. She hardly seems guilty, but sheís judged nonetheless by the young man she infects. He tortures/punishes her and she dies. Others in his band help him dispose of the body. Then he and his buddies are judged anew by the Vietnam vet who finds out, offscreen. He has had a relationship with the girl. The only hope for redemption is when Taylor and Fuller get together, and thatís slated to fail too.
There are friends or "brothers" in a rock band who stick together after a grave misdeed inflicted by one of them because of the HIV thing. It's also because of that one's other personal problems with his mom dying of cancer, the difficulty of becoming successful in music, and relating to his girl friend when he has HIV. The other characters in the band are not that well-developed.
Taylor dispenses his brand of psychopathic justice on the rock band members. The terror they experience is palpable. He himself ends up hitting the desert road, free as a bird, going to visit relatives. He won't be caught.
Taylor invades several homes. Suburbia is vulnerable. One has a big flag outside. Punishment is on the collective side. America is being punished, the symbolism tells us. It exploited Taylor, honed his murderous psychopathy and utilized it for its own dark purposes. This is its blowback, its retribution.