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Jericho is a man haunted by a past he can't remember. His nearly lifeless body is discovered by Joshua, a former slave and cowboy-preacher who nurses him back to health and becomes his trail companion - though he suspects Jericho is wanted for a payroll robbery and the murder of a sheriff. They join a cattle drive, prospect for gold, and eventually homestead a ranch, but they seem to be
stalked by violence and death. In an explosive climax, Jericho is drawn back to the wild mountain town which holds the secret of who he is and the past that has eluded him for seven years.
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At times it is a bit slow and it leaves you wondering exactly where it is going. The pace picks up near the end, however, and you turn off the DVD player happy that you went out and bought this movie.
whether you like westerns or not, you will find this a new and refreshing take on some old themes.
--Ejner Fulsang, author of "A Destiny of Fools" Aarhus Publishing
Attempting to mix film noir with the Western, Jericho finds the title character having lost his memory (the noir aspect) after being left for dead by some bad guys--three, to be exact. But we only see two of them. At first. (The revelation of the third is another disappointment in the film; it's basically no big deal at all). Jericho is rescued by Joshua, an ex-slave, ex-preacher who's now a drifting cowboy (i.e., a guy who herds cattle on a drive for a living)--moving from one job to another. Having nothing better to do, Jericho goes with him and they meet various folks along the way.
Eventually, of course, the mystery of Jericho's identity must be revealed and this revealing half works, half doesn't. Coming near the film's completion, it leaves one huge loose end that never gets tied up at all which is definitely disappointing.
But also on the plus side is R. Lee Ermey who turns in a solid performance as the local marshal; it was nice to see him in the film. He and Buck Taylor as the trail boss, as well as a few other older, seasoned guys, lend the film some substance it wouldn't have otherwise. The cast is almost all unknowns.
Not great at all, but also not bad at all, this is a Western that is worth viewing and maybe owning--if you're a fan of the genre. It would have helped if the level of intelligence on display had been consistently strong instead of intermittent.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought the DVD because I like classic westerns and because the reviews were predominantly good. The story line is good, the acting is good, the ending had a nice twist. Read morePublished 4 months ago by HighlanderJuan
Saw this movie in my On Demand free movie selections. Watched it and found it was actually a good movie all in all. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Peter J