Thursday, July 20, 2006
I was lucky to catch this movie before it disappeared from the theaters, but you can get it on DVD starting this week. Mostly what you heard about this western (or should I say 'eastern'?-- it's set in the Australian outback) was that the legendary Nick Cave wrote the screenplay. His story doesn't disappoint, but the real essence of any western is the wild & beautiful setting, the faces, the blood, the sweat, the clothes, the bullets. And of course the music (can you imagine Once Upon a Time in the West without Morricone's acid-cowboy score?)--Nick Cave comes through again with the perfect soundtrack: stark, waltzing-matilda type Australian cowboy music, the sort of sweet, simple songs that become incredibly creepy up against this gruesome story. Guy Pearce is an excellent laconic hero but Ray Winstone is the real emotional center of the movie as the tortured town sheriff. Finally (and most important?) there's the terrifying back story of the slaughter and devastation of the Aboriginal Australians--their spirits haunt the entire film.
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