Film adaptation of street tough Jim Carroll's epistle about his kaleidoscopic free fall into the harrowing world of drug addiction. As a member of a seemingly unbeatable high school ... See full summary »
Twenty-something Richard travels to Thailand and finds himself in possession of a strange map. Rumours state that it leads to a solitary beach paradise, a tropical bliss - excited and intrigued, he sets out to find it.
Ellen, an unknown female gunslinger rides into a small, dingy and depressing prairie town with a secret as to her reason for showing up. Shortly after her arrival, a local preacher, Cort, is thrown through the saloon doors while townfolk are signing up for a gun competition. The pot is a huge sum of money and the only rule: that you follow the rules of the man that set up the contest, Herod. Herod is also the owner, leader, and "ruler" of the town. Seems he's arranged this little gun-show-off so that the preacher (who use to be an outlaw and rode with Herod) will have to fight again. Cort refuses to ever use a gun to kill again and Herod, acknowledging Cort as one of the best, is determined to alter this line of thinking ... even if it gets someone killed ... Written by
(at around 22 mins) Eugene Dred is offering the bar girl a piece of jewelry in a "business discussion." On closer inspection it's a ring on a chain, the same ring he is seen taking off the late Ace Hanlon's left pinky and stringing on a chain less than four minute later at 46:02. See more »
Like many others have stated; a well crafted, stylish film, and a HELL of a lot of fun!
I truly do not understand the polarized reviews here; with many films I can see why people would be divided in their opinions, and I usually comment on that. However, this movie is pretty clear in it's intent and style and would appear to me to be a straight forward entertaining Western with the added modern touch of Sam Raimi's clever eye and talent. Some here have REALLY slammed him specifically as the director, and I haven't a clue as to why the hell they hate him so much.
Like I almost ALWAYS say, if you are going to bother to write a review about a film, PLEASE choose Genres and movies that you LIKE in general so that you can give a fair and informative review to other people who ALSO LIKE the same type of films. I know I've said this before, but for example, I personally have absolutely NO interest in Torture Porn and it's like, BUT I won't come here and p*ss all over films like that just because I don't like them. Therefore, it would be totally pointless for me to write a review in a Genre that I despise; how the hell would that be helpful to others who DO like those kinds of films and come here to read reviews to give them some idea as to whether they would like a movie or not...???
Sorry, I guess I'll just never really understand the people who write reviews here. If you hate Raimi, then don't come here and $ hit all over his films. If you DO happen to like fun, stylish Action / Western films with excellent performances and in my lowly and wretched opinion, AWESOME direction that weaves the entire style of the film together beautifully and effectively, then YES, please by all means come here and write about THAT kind of film and simply tell us whether it is done well or not. Geez...
Also, someone else entitled their review 'Splatter Western', which couldn't possibly be farther from the truth. If you want that kind of Western, just watch some of Sam Peckinpah's extremely violent and graphic films. I feel that Raimi was quite restrained considering that he is the author of 'THE EVIL DEAD'; and quite honestly I think that if he HAD gone that route, it would have been a completely different film and in my despicable estimation would have greatly diminished the awesome film that we have here now.
So, now that I have gotten that off my substantial and manly chest, please allow me to say that if you like your Westerns VERY old fashioned and not at all messed with or modernized or stylized in any way, then you should give this a pass. But, IF you do indeed enjoy your Westerns with a tasteful, stylish, and creative touch that are classy, extremely well put together with all the classic Western motifs firmly in place and executed with TOP quality actors, then you will DEFINITELY have a blast watching this movie. Just check out the comments of people who DO like the film; they REALLY love it!
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