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In the late 1800 s, a beautiful former prostitute (January Jones) is trying to build an honest life with her husband in the rugged plains of New Mexico. When she catches the eye of a sadistic and powerful religious leader (Jason Isaacs), her life is violently turned upside down. She embarks on a bloody course of vengeance with the assistance of a renegade sheriff (Ed Harris) who has violent tendencies of his own.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medR R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 6.75 x 5.3 x 0.35 inches; 2.4 Ounces
- Director : Logan Miller
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 35 minutes
- Release date : December 31, 2013
- Actors : Ed Harris, Jason Isaacs
- Studio : Arc Entertainment
- ASIN : B00F3TD8XO
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #78,481 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Nothing about this direct-to-disc dud is remotely worthy of being called a movie. It doesn't even rise to the level of being a crappy movie. It has no real story, just a poorly contrived 'situation' (an evil preacher who kills people). The review comparing it to Tanantino was just devious PR.
What possessed Ed Harris to get involved in this? He must have really needed the money. Bannon may be rich enough to produce a movie, but he sure as hell can't write one. The whole thing is nothing but a string of tedious clichés held together with scotch tape and lots of pointless gratuitous violence.
There is absolutely ZERO character development--or even 'characters' as we normally think of them. Because the script is so bad, the actors phone in their lines, playing cardboard cutouts with no depth or personalities. The acting is so awful because their relationships to each other never rise above comic book level. You can't care about them because there's nothing to care about.
It looks like it was shot with a cheap 4K single-chip camera with lots of detail but no depth at all. The camerawork and lighting are amateurish.
The director should stick to TV commercials. Bannon should stick to racism and creating dictators. He doesn't seem much good at filmmaking.
Most Westerns are predictable and this well-made movie tried its hardest to be satirically funny and unpredictable.
Loved the characters, especiallyJanuary Jones. What a twist to have Logan and Noah Miller who made the movie to be the first ones killed in the movie. This showed the humorous roots of this conception.
I really loved Logan and Noah's first movie "Touching Home" and just heard about their second movie last week.
Keep rolling along Logan and Noah and just know that Mr. C, your 5th grade teacher is still alive and kicking and rooting for you.
Mr. C . San Francisco
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January Jones plays a woman who endures a tragic loss, which tips her over the edge to drastic action against the source of her tragedy - the self proclaimed Prophet Josiah, played by Jason Isaacs. His delusional, dangerous preacher is also responsible for another couple of murders, which brings an eccentric (putting it mildly) sheriff (Ed Harris) to come investigating. Harris is great value, genuinely unnerving in his eccentricity, skirting the line of cartoonishness while never going over it, and never letting it blunt the characters hard edge. You feel some sympathy when Isaacs tells him `You're a really queer man', to which the sheriff replies "Unusual. I prefer unusual.". However for me it is Jason Isaacs who steals the show with his portrayal of a character who could easily have been a wafer thin characterization, but becomes fully fleshed out and endlessly watchable in Isaacs hands. All of these means that the core of the movie - January Jones revenge driven widow, taking matters into her own hands, never quite draws us in as it should - we are more voyeurs to her story than engaged in understanding or debating her motives and actions.
Beyond the characters, the cinematography belies its straight to DVD origins - as it should, with Brad Shield on lensing duties (Moulin Rouge, Star Wars Episode 2, The Avengers). The scenery in New Mexico is immaculately shot, and the direction by Logan Miller although slow to start, works well in creating a movie with its own distinctive hotch potch of genre styles.
All in all, I liked this - nothing new in the story, but it's executed well (no pun intended) and Harris and Isaacs make it a cult classic in my book - not up there with Open Range or Seraphim Falls [Blu-ray ], but a solid 6/10.
p.s. - this has also been marketed under the title "Sweet Vengeance" in the UK.
Written and directed by the Miller brothers, a pair emerging as the future Coen siblings of the independent film genre perhaps?
The makings are there--- a tale of female revenge on the men who abused her, her husband and her land but she is more than capable and doesn't need to be taught how to do it ala 'Hannie Caulder' or 'Five Savage Men'.
A priest intent on sexually enslaving our heroine and showing signs of delusional power and willing to kill anybody that usurps his agenda.
A manic sheriff who uses forensics to gain evidence to the perpetrators of crimes that he investigates.
It's an interesting mix with plenty of black humour and a fair amount of violence. One scene is particularly nasty but is laced with the brothers brand of mirth which, for me, gave the scene some balance.
Interestingly the Millers have a small but pivotal cameo early in the film that sets the scene for what is to come.
The last scene in the film is a shootout at a corral but this is not the OK masterpiece from other iconic westerns--- the corralled animals are sheep, not horses or cattle---- different to say the least.
I enjoy westerns and can recommend this delight to fans of the genre but it has some unusual elements which some purists may find disappointing. But if like me you can accept good westerns with any add-ons you might enjoy this.
For lovers of westerm films it is gratifying that they are still made. For Western buffs it will be an okay watchable kind of movie but not very memorable.
If you like "western" style gunplay this has elements of it.
Great to see Ed Harris (History of Violence) in this, playing a fairly quirky character.
In all an entertaining film with unusual bits!