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Quite good, yet somehow also quite average
on 4 January 2014
`Dead in Tombstone' is about an outlaw, Danny Trejo, who gets doublecrossed by his gang and murdered, only to find himself out of the frying pan and into the fiery depths of hell himself. However, not wanting to spend the rest of eternity having his skin ripped off by the devil (aka Mickey Rourke), he makes a bargain to deliver the souls of the gang who murdered him. Not wanting to get into the reason why the devil agrees to this (baring in mind he's immortal and therefore could simply choose to wait until the gang dies before collecting their souls that way). But, anyway, the devil grants Trejo a day to shoot them all dead and deliver their souls.
If you've seen the advertising, you may notice that Mickey Rourke - naturally - second billing, suggesting he's in it equally as much as Danny Trejo. However, he is sadly very underused. Fans of his may need to know he's not in it as much as the advertising may suggest he is.
There's no shortage of action in the film, all of which is surprisingly stylishly directed. However, the uber-quick editing may annoy some people after the millionth cut. It's basically a revenge-western with a small helping of supernatural added into it when the plot requires as such. There may not be a `romance element' to the film, but that doesn't stop Dina Meyer getting herself kidnapped every chance she gets.
It's not a bad film. Everything is okay and yet never seems to spill over to either `really good' or `really bad.' It could well be the most `on the fence' movie ever made. If you like Danny Trejo, you should enjoy this, however, like I say, Mickey Rouke fans may be left-short-changed.