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Renegade (2004)

Vincent Cassel , Michael Madsen , Jan Kounen  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Vincent Cassel, Michael Madsen, Juliette Lewis, Temuera Morrison, Ernest Borgnine
  • Directors: Jan Kounen
  • Writers: Jan Kounen, Alexandre Coquelle, Carlo De Boutiny, Cassidy Pope, Gérard Brach
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French, German, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 2, 2004
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002XNSZ4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,551 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Renegade" on IMDb

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Based on a comic book, the international co-production Renegade (original English-language title: Blueberry) is a feverish, supernatural Western about a young Cajun man, Mike Blueberry (Hugh O'Connor), who defends his prostitute-girlfriend against gunman Wallace Blount (Michael Madsen) and ends up barely alive. Patched up by Indians, Blueberry undergoes the familiar cultural transformation to honorary Native American, then returns to his world to become a small-town marshal. (Vincent Cassel plays the adult Blueberry.) The arrival of Blount, possessed with otherworldly powers and seeking a mystical manuscript, sets the stage for a spooky duel that forces Blueberry to face old demons. The latter part of the film is overtaken by computer-generated effects that grow wearying, but before that director Jan Kounen makes up for weak narrative skills with mesmerizing imagery of the American Southwest. A nice supporting cast includes Juliette Lewis and her father, Geoffrey Lewis, plus Colm Meaney, Eddie Izzard, Ernest Borgnine, and Tcheky Karyo. --Tom Keogh

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Juliette Lewis, Michael Madsen, Vincent Cassel. Barely alive after a showdown with his girlfriend's killer, Mike Blueberry stumbles into Navajo territory where the Indians take him in and raise him. Now 20 years later, Mike is a U.S. Marshal when the killer returns to the town. 2004/color/124 min/R.

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51 of 59 people found the following review helpful
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Did you ever meet your beast? The other other reviewer is exactly right in that it's a metaphysical experience. Looking at the back cover, I wonder if the person who wrote the description had any idea what the movie was actually about.

There is realism here. Everyone is speaking different languages as it was; French, Spanish, English, Native Americans tounges, etc. Pioneers are looking for gold, and Madsen is looking for His gold (I won't spoil). He's an AWESOME villian, but you already know that. Everyone else is fantastic. The special effects are really well done, and thorough (excellent production value).

About halfway through, I was thinking this is an awesome movie, and toward the end, speechless. Totally stunned, the credits rolled by.

I'm a sci-fi junky, and this didn't seem like it was really up my alley, but was recommended. And thank God, because sometimes the best movies are the ones that you never even heard of.

The reviewers who hated this movie should ask themselves what they wanted out of it, and then maybe go jump out a window for the rest of our sakes.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SUPERB PSYCHEDELLIA July 5, 2008
Renegade (aka Blueberry)SUPERB PSYCHEDELLIA- This film literally blew me away. It is the most accurate portrayal of a full blown high dose psychedellic experience that I have ever seen in a motion picture. Too bad Tim Leary isn't around on the physical plane to have caught this one. I am sure that he would have praised it to no end with his considerable mastery of the written word.
As a film, the cinematography is excellent and the editing places the visuals and story line into the realm of pure poetry. This is no ordinary western, but an epic mystical journey that harks back to the glory days of Carlos Casteneda's Don Juan novels. The film gives due reverence and respect to the American Southwestern Indians and their use of the peyote cactus as a healing tool for bringing wholeness to those who are wounded by their past and by the evil that is a part of life and that is responsible for those tramas.
It is interesting to note that Juliet Lewis appears in this film and that she also stared in NATURAL BORN KILLERS which also features and extremely well done and realistic mushroom trip involving snakes and the reptilian levels of consciousness that psychedellics activate deep in the brain.
I found that it took me many hours to fall asleep after watching this movie because I was so excited to discover that someone had suceeded in creating such a wonderful and faithfull vehicle for communicating the awsome mystery and healing properties of the psychedellic experience. I can only say that this one hit it's target and is truly a masterwork of cinematic and spiritual art!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
To truly become a man one must conquer his fear of 'Two Worlds,' the temporal, mundane world in which we live and the intangible, eternal spirit world within. Mike Blueberry (Vincent Cassel) or "Broken Nose" (his Indian name) has come to his defining moment in life. An old enemy has returned to town, the man responsible for the death of his first love. Will Mike be able to conquer the enemy from his past as well as his inner demons that have tormented him since that tragic event? Or will he succumb to his fears and remain forever nothing more than a man and a monster?

Recipe for the making of 'Renegade': Take the opening twenty minutes of 'Dead Man,' the greater middle portion of 'The Emerald Forest' and mix in a little '2001: A Space Odyssey' at the end and you have 'Renegade.' Not a bad blend by any means.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie is wonderful! May 13, 2005
By k93
I have never heard of the comic on which this movie is based (and when I saw this movie, I didn't even know it was based on a comic) and I usually really dislike westerns. But this was no ordinary western - it was a brilliant metaphysical work!

For those who like westerns or the comic on which it is based, as other reviewers already said, you will probably not dig this. But, if you like spiritual/visionary/visually trippy type films (think What Dreams May Come, Pi, The Wall, even Field of Dreams), then you will probably enjoy this.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! February 13, 2005
I have been a student of ethnobotanical studies over the last 25 years. I have been initiated into the mystical rites by shaman guides with various herbal sacraments and I must say the ayahuasca-like imagery and experience which this film portrays is beyond words in its authenticity....I am buying a copy and highly recommend Jan's Other Worlds (d'autres mondes) before viewing Blueberry or Renegade...

Dr. Rory Ingalls
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A metaphysical western February 18, 2005
By Cubist
(Very) Loosely based on Jean "Moebius" Giraud's famous comic strip, Blueberry, Jan Kounen's Renegade only uses the French artist's work as a starting point for which to go off on all kinds of fanciful, metaphysical tangents. It starts with obvious nods to Sergio Leone's expansive widescreen spaghetti westerns and ends up tripping the light fantastic with blatant references to the cosmic climax of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey.

From the opening shots of vast, sun-drenched desert landscapes to the lush, green forests that the Native American inhabit, Renegade is saturated in atmosphere. It is rich in texture and detail that immerses the viewer in this world. Kounen uses an impressive arsenal of visual tricks, such as time lapse photography and dissolves to enhance the mystical effect that he is trying to achieve. By the film's climatic 20 minute mind-trip, the director cranks up his style to a whole other psychedelic kaleidoscope of computer generated abstractions that threatens to overload the senses. After the ten-minute mark it gets to be a little much and after that point it becomes an endurance test.

Renegade is a western but with a definite European sensibility that is steeped in symbolism and flashy style. Kounen simultaneously celebrates traditional western iconography (six-shooters, horses, etc.) and subverts it with images of mysticism and magic (animal totems). In this respect it bears more than a passing resemblance to the similarly minded western, Dead Man by Jim Jarmusch. Like it, Renegade is an artsy western but with pretensions to 2001-like cosmic and spiritual awareness. After the last image fades you are practically choking on the dense and intense imagery that comes off as extremely pretentious. But after awhile and once the film's imagery sinks in, some of Renegade's striking imagery lingers.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Renegade
Renegade is a must see movie when I came came across this one I was very pleased not many movies like this one.
Published 2 months ago by David Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars all time favorite
This movie is my number one all time favorite movie. Thank you Jan Kounan. I need the soundtrack dont know how to get it.
Published 2 months ago by Monica Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars magical cinematography did it for me
I saw this movie a few nights ago and could not leave it and go to bed (very late).
The plot was extremely interesting and the acting was believable, especially the leading... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Eileen Marie Seltenrych
5.0 out of 5 stars best computer generated images EVER
the cgi trip scenes are the best I have ever scene in a movie. buy it for that alone (like I did), the movie is okay with a lower case o (I hate Juliette lewis sooooo much, but the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jared Jennings
4.0 out of 5 stars A different western.
Cassel, a french cowboy, I like him as an actor, his accent is a bit weak but his acting is great. Juliet Lewis is also great, as well as all the support. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Ralph Pitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Movie better than I remeber.
Have been looking for this movie for the last 3 years. Finally!!! The movie is tastefully done and treats the indigenous subject matter well.
Published 14 months ago by Juan F Orrantia
5.0 out of 5 stars renegade
this is a movie my husband couldnt find and he wanted to watch it again , good movie price was good
Published 14 months ago by luvmysteries
4.0 out of 5 stars Renegade DVD
This movie keeps you involved & interested to the end. It has good acting & good scenery & a good story line.
Published 16 months ago by Roger
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a Good Western or a Good Film.
This was a horrible movie, sorry. It was disjointed, pretentious, poorly acted, cheap looking, it had no flow, and the cinematography was awful. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Stephen D. Chamblee
5.0 out of 5 stars MYSTICAL WESTERN
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