Thursday, December 31, 2015
This is a real oddity in today's cinema. A slow-moving, character-driven, gritty action western that is completely engrossing. The pace reminded me of 60's westerns like THE SONS OF KATIE ELDER or TWO MULES FOR SISTER SARAH. Great dialogue and acting, and even though it's slow, it's better for being so, because we get to know the characters and really care about their plight--rescuing one of the posse member's wives, a doctor, from a band of cave-dwelling cannibals. I was afraid this would be more like the slow-moving and deathly cerebral MCCABE AND MRS. MILLER or THE HIRED HAND. But it was more like something Robert Aldrich (ULZANNMA'S RAID, THE DIRTY DOZEN) would make--a good blend of action, character, dialogue, suspense, and gritty violence. And the much-maligned Sean Young had a cameo. Now, that's daring on the part of the director! I loved it.