New Mexico Territory, 1880. Rio Cutler and his older sister Sara must abandon their home after an unfortunate event happens. In their desperate flee to Santa Fe, they cross paths with the infamous outlaw Billy the Kid and his gang, who are ruthlessly pursued by a posse led by Sheriff Pat Garret.Written by
Billy refers to Wallace as being elected. Lew Wallace was not elected, he was appointed as territorial governor. Also, when Pat commandeers the stagecoach he does it in the name of the state of New Mexico. It did not gain statehood til1908, more than 25 years later. See more »
The Ballad of the Tall Man
Written and Performed by Ben Dickey
Published by Zipper Cream Songs (ASCAP) See more »
14-year old Rio Cutler (Jake Schur) finds a way to be a friend to Billy the Kid (Dane Dehaan) when Sheriff Pat Garrett (Ethan Hawke) captures Billy. Rio needs Billy the Kid to help him rescue his sister Sara (Leila George) who was taken by Rio's very cruel uncle Grant Cutler (Chris Pratt). Rio trusts Billy the Kid more than he does Sheriff Pat Garrett.
This started out as quite violent in darkened scenes and no one could really tell what was going on. We do see Grant be quite violent towards Rio who killed his father who was brutally attacking and killing his wife. Somehow Rio and his sister Sara escape and they meet up with Billy the Kid.
We have all heard the story of Sheriff Pat Garrett killing Billy the Kid, but this is the other Kid's story who still needs to rescue his sister Sara.
I couldn't help noticing that Dane Dehaan as Billy the Kid sometimes had the look of Brad Pitt or maybe it was just me. (No, I saw it, too) Anyway, he had a lot of good scenes and you couldn't help rooting for him. And that Brad Pitt look he seems to have isn't going to hurt him and we'll see more of him I am sure. (Hey, don't forget about the very pretty Leila George, too, as Sara, and she can act.)
Hard to tell that was Chris Pratt as Grant Cutler with that beard. (Yeah, fooled me, too)
Notable: Vincent D'Onofrio as Sheriff Romero, and he also directed this movie. He did good. Kudos.
Now, how true any of this is up for grabs as we have seen many versions of the Billy the Kid story, and this was just another one.
All in all a good entertaining Western even though sometimes the violence was a little too much. The acting all around is first rate. It is nice to see that Westers are making a come-back. Well, let's hope. (7/10)
Violence: Yes, and more so than usual.
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