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Action-packed revenge thriller about a wounded special forces soldier who takes matters into his own hands when a friend disappears. After being wounded on the battlefields of Iraq, elite special forces soldier MacPherson (Val Kilmer) is forced to retire from the Marine Corps. Arriving back home to an uncertain future, he receives an invitation from a former comrade and reluctantly agrees to join him on his ranch in Arizona. On his arrival, he finds that his friend has mysteriously disappeared, and that none of the locals will admit to knowing him. On further investigation, he discovers a plot by local businesses aimed at running illegal immigrants out of town by any means possible, including murder. Armed and extremely dangerous, the one-man army decides to dispense some rough justice of his own.
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However this is mainly an updating of Bad Day At Black Rock (Spencer Tracy 1955 and not available to buy on region 2....) and as such it fails completely due to its lack of originality. Even the foyer in the Hotel is the same design. For those that don't know, in BDABR Spencer Tracy played a one-armed former solidier looking for a Japanese Friend of his after WW2. He never finds him. In this film Val Kilmer plays a one-legged ex-marine looking for a Mexican friend of his.
The leading female actress Jennifer Esposito effectively recreates the role of Frances McDormand in Mississippi Burning. She is actually one of the better things about the film, but I couldn't get past the similarity...
The films view of the US is very cynical, and some would say completely inaccurate, but there are elements that have the ring of truth about them.
I certainly think most people will find it entertaining, and/or it will make them angry (because of its political stance). Just don't expect an original piece of work.
In this movie, he plays a traumatised Iraq War veteran with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder who spends his time making use of the prostitutes in Eastern Europe, before he finally takes a phone call from a fellow ex-soldier in need of help down Arizona way. Hopping off a bus next to your atypical Arizona/Mexico border town and squeezing his considerable girth through the passenger door, he enquires about his friend Miguel Silver. The locals are tight-lipped, claiming they've never heard of him, and it's not long before Macpherson (Kilmer) suspects something sinister is going on.Read more ›
Kilmer plays his role well, and after the inevitable confrontations with the corrupt towns folk, the film takes a predictable path to the inevitable showdown, as he exacts his own brand of revenge on them.
A few twists and turns make this a reasonable watch, and despite being low budget, it throws in a few decent action scenes, with car chases and gun shoot outs well staged.
Essentially this is a modern day western, with our lone hero taking on the small towns folk, first being the victim, but by the end setting out on a gun shoot out and delivering violent retribution.
The only negative really, is that it's all been done before, in much better and more expensive films.
As a way to pass the time it's reasonable and perfectly watchable.
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Its a good movie and the dvd was in good condition. There was no scratches or marks on the disc.
The price was really good.
This seems to be a remake of the film made in the 1950s with Spencer Tracy starring called Bad Day at Black Rock. Read morePublished on 17 July 2013 by Dr. H. A. Jones
This is a low budget action movie light on everything except Val Kilmer who can never be accused of being a shadow of his former self. Read morePublished on 9 Jan. 2012 by PJ Rankine