Okay kids, here's my suggestion on this film. Do not watch this late at night. For one, it's creepy as hell. But for me, it was just too long, and when it's 2 am, I just can't stay awake. I don't want the same thing to happen to you because this film is just too good to be missing parts of it.
So, let's get on with it, shall we? Man, this is one genre mashup! Western horror. Without giving too much away, this film follows a search and rescue mission involving a tribe of cannibalistic natives. I couldn't dream of a better cast for this, either. Kurt Russell gets props for the greatest mustache in the genre! Matthew Fox nailed his role as a proud Indian hunter, so well as a matter of fact, that I didn't recognize this was "Jack" from Lost until near the end.
My one gripe with the film is the length. For a first-time director, S. Craig Zahler appeared to release his director's cut right off the bat, as the story would have performed much better in my opinion, if it were trimmed. That being said, nearly everything about it was fantastic. The imagery and color grading served up a very desolate terrain, tapping into our emotions of loneliness and fear. The story, despite its length, maintained its beat, keeping witty and engaging dialogue. I really loved how Zahler managed to not overreach on the western stereotypes, yet allowing each character to be real and true to form.
The real gem of this film comes near the final leg, after a long build. This is definitely a slow burn, but boy, it's more than a burn, it's a real scorcher! I bet you want to know if you should watch it? Short answer, yes. Longer answer, wait until you're well awake, in the mood for a western but not for the typical John Wayne nor the modern Tarantino fare.
My overall score? I'm going with 6 bits out of 8. Had he trimmed it down, it would have been a solid 7 out of 8, but for now, I'm sticking with this.
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