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Outstanding Performances in a simply Excellent Western,
This review is from: Sweet Vengeance [DVD] (DVD)
There have been a few new westerns of late and I am glad to see the genre getting a new lease of life, but they all ought to take a few lessons from this little gem. Ed Harris plays Sherriff Cornelius Jackson a frontier lawman who is out to investigate why two of his relations didn't show up for an intended rendezvous. He figures they had to have gone missing in a part of the country that is under the control of what appears to be a slightly lunatic `Prophet' who is tantalisingly evil - played by Jason Isaacs.
We also have January Jones (Sarah Ramirez)who is newly wed to a Mexican farmer and they are trying to carve a living from the sun parched land surrounded by the sheep of Prophet Josiah. Meantime's he wants to take over their land and or convert them to be part of his fledgling flock. He is not a man for compromises and cynically uses selective quotes from the Bible in order to justify his extreme actions and views, which would probably not even be politically correct even at the time this film is set. Needless to say he is a nasty piece of work and decides he will dish out some good old fashioned justice on behalf of the almighty, whilst maintaining a harem of `God fearing' girls.
Every action has a reaction and for him it comes in the unwanted attention of both Sherriff Jackson and Mrs Ramirez who decide to get some frontier justice of their own. What follows is a brilliant story that grabs you from the off and just does not let up. There is action, humour, potty mouth cussing a plenty and some virtuoso performances from all the main players. I am a fan of Ed Harris and he never fails to put in stunning performances and some of that magic must have rubbed off as not a second of screen time seems to be wasted. Some credit must to go to director Logan Miller as this is beautifully shot too and the pacing is nigh on perfect.
Some have criticised it for being simplistic but I have to aver that this was rollicking great fun all the way. This is one of those films where you want to award more than five stars as it is simply that good. If this is the future for westerns then their continued popularity is undoubtedly assured.