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As a story about storytelling DUST is much more successful than it is as either a period western or a modern crime thriller. I enjoyed its quirky, skitterish ways (with emphasis on the word "quirky.") Fans of spaghetti westerns should get a kick out of the over-the-top, exploding blood pellet fight scenes, with Turkish Nationals replacing Federales as the army that couldn't shoot straight.
That doesn't mean you should watch it the first time around with subtitles. Please don't. I suspect that will spoil everything.
Summary: Very clever. Much respect to the director. A good film to watch if you like films that challenge you a bit.
Such was the case with Dust. The 2001 western also starring Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love) was only $6 on Overstock. Cheap and I've always loved westerns! Besides, it looked good-and more importantly-was a Region 1 release. Three weeks later, when at last the DVD was out of the mailer and into my laptop, my first shock was that it wasn't a tale of the Australian west. This is the American west, yet it takes place is contemporary New York City. Stay with me!
We open with Edge (Adrian Lester) a down on his luck hood who's breaking into someone's apartment. The crone inside (Rosemary Murphy) however is much more than Edge bargained for. The feisty old woman holds Edge at gunpoint and tells him a story. If Edge wants her wealth and hidden gold-he is going to listen to Angela's tale of the old west. When cowboy brothers Luke (David Wenham) and Elijah (Joseph Fiennes) both fall for Lilith (Anne Brochet) trouble brews. Seeking thrill and adventure, Luke travels to Turkey and becomes a mercenary in the Ottoman War-ever trying to escape gospel sprouting Elijah.
Both storylines presented by director Milcho Manchevski (Before The Rain) seem simple and overplayed at face value. Young black guy and white old woman bond over feuding cowboy brother love story. Yadda, yadda, yadda.Read more ›
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I love Dust, it is one of the strong move that make Milcho Manchevski , after Before the Rain hi make Dust
two show how strong is his screenwriting hi mixing times and... Read more
A surprisingly well written, directed and acted film set in early 20th century Macedonia. The film takes liberal artistic license, but balances this against grItty realness. Read morePublished 18 months ago by D. Everette
very strange .... bought this because i adore the family 'fiennes', -- &, wenham is excellent, i almost began to hate him, ...
as i am emphasizing, ... odd, .. Read more
Some of the simplistic negative reviews are certainly telling... from ignorant sorts who can't even tell find their own neighboring state on a map, let alone Macedonia. Read morePublished on April 17, 2014 by Jesse Nelson
Like watching HEAVEN'S GATE -- in the similarity of feeling: horrible pain and boredom.
Starts out promisingly until it meanders and dies after about 30 minutes... Read more
THIS MOVIE WAS VERY GOOD AND I WILL BE SURE TO WATCH IT AGAIN & AGAIN. ITS NICE WHEN YOU WATCH A MOVIE & FEEL THE TIME YOU SPENT, WAS WORTHWHILE.Published on December 23, 2012 by Larry G. Young
Did not like this movie. The storyline was very hard to follow and very bloody. I'm very sorry I ordered this one.Published on November 24, 2012 by Lavender
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