Meek's Cutoff 2010

LOVEFiLM By Post

Britain’s largest choice of DVDs and Blu-rays to rent by post £7.99 per month.

Start your 30 day free trial

Existing LOVEFiLM member? Switch account

Prime and Prime Instant Video members can receive unlimited discs, two at a time, for £6.99 per month after trial.

Watch Meek's Cutoff instantly from £2.49 with Amazon Instant Video

(50) IMDb 6.5/10
LOVEFiLM By Post
Watch Trailer

Settlers traveling through the Oregon desert in 1845 find themselves stranded in harsh conditions.

Starring:
Neal Huff, Zoe Kazan
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature parental_guidance
Starring Neal Huff, Zoe Kazan, Tommy Nelson, Bruce Greenwood, Will Patton, Michelle Williams, Rod Rondeaux, Shirley Henderson, Paul Dano
Director Kelly Reichardt
Genres Drama
Studio SODA PICTURES
Rental release 8 August 2011
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature parental_guidance
Starring Neal Huff, Zoe Kazan, Tommy Nelson, Bruce Greenwood, Will Patton, Michelle Williams, Rod Rondeaux, Shirley Henderson, Paul Dano
Director Kelly Reichardt
Genres Drama
Studio ELEVATION SALES
Rental release 25 August 2014
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

2.8 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER on 30 Aug. 2013
Format: DVD
The movie starts out real slow. We watch the mundane tasks of the pioneers as they load water, wash dishes, grind meal...There is no introduction of characters. In fact they remain fairly plain. We hear and watch much of the important conversation from a distance catching bits and pieces. 3 devout families have hired Steven Meek, a slightly crusty man, to guide them to Oregon. He takes them into a high plains desert where they wander for weeks.

The men suspect Mr. Meek is deliberately attempting to get them lost as Oregon is an area in flux and may go to the English, depending on how many Americans settle there...or not. There is an Indian that pops up from time to time. Steven scares everyone with his Indian stories. Eventually they encounter the Indian and you think the story will pick up, but surprise! It doesn't.

The movie ends abruptly. From Meek's words, the film appears to be some sort of metaphor for life and fate as to what path to follow and who to trust, although for the life of me I can't really figure out what it is. The movie won all kinds of awards and I haven't figured that one out either. It was extremely boring. The dialouge was boring. The drama was boring. The people were boring. After a while, the scenery got boring. The squeak of the wagon wheel drove me crazy. Why anyone would waste their time watching this film is beyond me. It isn't accurate history. It is not art and it is not entertaining.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
51 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Lionface on 30 May 2011
Format: DVD
This won't be to everyone's taste. Slow burning and bleak but if you're willing to submit to it, very absorbing with a subtle power all of it's own.

No revenge type plot common to many westerns, this is a window on a moment in history and the people therein. The premise is simple enough ; a small wagon trail lost on the barren plains in an increasingly desperate search to find water.

Natural and realistic in it's tone, more like a social drama with a refreshing but substantial emphasis on the female point of view. There is also a delicate, almost eerie edge that builds gradually, spell-like, throughout the film. Ultra authentic with great attention to the details of wagon life. The actors were even forbidden from washing their clothes.

The direction is handled with great precision, but not obviously so. We are teased at times, eavesdropping on mumbled conversations during times of panic. We are made to feel helpless as their helplessness becomes apparent. Plenty of time and space are given for the characters and for the situation to develop. There is evidently a great respect for the subject.

Despite being set on the vast plains, there is a real sense of claustrophobia which creates emphasis on the characters and their predicament. The film therein resembles great intense single situation movies, such as Sidney Lumet's 'Twelve Angry Men', Polanski's 'Knife in the water' and certainly 'The Blair Witch Project'. At times it does feel more like a subtle, psychological horror film than a western, though the menace is entirely unseen. Unlike most westerns, it is shot in tv style 4:3 ratio as opposed to panoramic widescreen, thus emphasising characters and emotion with little relief from scenic splendour.
Read more ›
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Lee on 21 Oct. 2014
Format: DVD
ONE OF THE WORST FILMS OF ALL TIME. PAINT AND DRY COME TO MIND
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
23 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Ault on 2 Aug. 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is my favourite film of 2011 so far (along with Malick's Tree of Life).

It's a strange film - a slow-burning, mesmerising, almost hypnotic depiction of a group of travellers lost on the Oregon Trail. Led by Stephen Meek, the group has taken a short-cut and lost their way in dry, inhospitable country. Low on water and losing confidence in their apparently incompetent guide, they stumble from setback to setback in what seems like a grueling, agonisingly slow trek towards death.

While the whole cast is superb, Michelle William performance as Emily Tetherow, the one person holding the tenuous group together, is outstanding. As the social cohesion in the group begins to unravel, Emily's toughness, resilience and fortitude seems to provide the only hope.

Beware though. This is a very slow moving film. There is little plot and little action. Those expecting a Western romp with gun-slinging and whiskey drinking will be sorely disappointed.

Another thing to be aware of is the aspect ratio. When I saw the film in the cinema, it was projected in Academy frame ratio (1:33-1) making the film look deliberately old-fashioned. At first I wondered about this. Why would the director choose to make an almost square framed film rather than a wide-screen film, which would at first seem perfectly suited to the beautiful landscape. I think therein lies the reason. By shooting in a square format, the viewer is not distracted by the country; attention if focussed firmly on the characters themselves, their faces, their reactions.

Overall, I loved this film and can't wait for the DVD release.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Alf - D on 4 Mar. 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I'm 73 years old and seen hundreds of films but never one as bad as this .Hardly any plot or dialogue when there is talking it can
hardly be heard,acting is non-existent not even a ending! Crap
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again