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The 3 (plus 2) stars for Melquiades Estrada,
This review is from: Three Burials - The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada [DVD] (DVD)A truly magnifecent piece of cinema that ranks amongst some of the modern classics of today such as Memento, Crash, Munich and the like. A film about justice and redemption it is small scale compared to say The Shawshank Redemption but this makes the veiwing more intense and claustrophobic.
Tommy Lee Jones gives a note perfect performance as the drifting rural man who must exact some form of higher calling for his soul-mate that once was- Melquiades Estrada. Barry Pepper is also very complimentary and serves the films dark core very well untill the final rell when only human nature will dictate proceedings.
A mention to the great camera work and understated and perfect musical score is to be given a big thumbs up. Focusing on the dark, uncivilised and bizarre almost-backward corners of some parts of america are observed and we can understand that as people we must get through life doing what make us happy until mistakes are made. And sometimes you have to pay for those mistakes! Great movie.