A fantastic homage to the western genre, Dead Man is most certainly Jim Jarmusch's best film and probably Johnny Depp's defining performance. One of the better modern westerns, Dead Man uses it's huge, versatile cast to it's utmost potential. What the film does so well, is have a normal city boy, place him in the Wild West, have him shoot a guy in self defence, and from there, this normal guy is no longer a city boy. He must use his wits and little experience in combat to survive the plains, with help from his Indian friend Nobody and his spiritual guidance. He'll be facing bounty hunters, lawmen, cannibals, shop keepers, you name it. I lost track how many times the lead character shot someone. It's filmed in black and white, but with an accessible tone to it reminiscent of Johnny Depp's classic "Ed Wood". It gives off a perfectly eerie vibe, which symbolises the character as alone, and must outlive his foes. The film is also experimental, and takes huge risks. For example, extended scenes which seem to drag on, but help with character progression and almost uses it to show off the excellent score. Not to mention characters who seem to be a focus to the main plot are killed off so quickly it hurts. It's offbeat humour, sheer intensity, and a magnificent score by none other than Neil Young, Dead Man perfectly captures the situation if an innocent, hard working guy is dropped into the wild west, and how far he is willing to go to survive. The atmosphere to every single scene makes the viewer unsure of how and where the movie may conclude, unlike your typical Hollywood flick. It makes a very straightfoward story into a complex, thought provoking excercise. One of the most underrated films of all time, don't avoid this essential, hypnotic masterpiece.