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Slow, sub-Peckinpah, so what?
on 18 March 2014
I was recommended this title by someone in awe of the 'sensational' casting. Yes tis' true, four sets of brothers star in the film but that's the most note-worthy aspect of this very slow and very empty western.
There is a profoundly dull and completely pointless sub-plot involving a hooker and one of the Younger brothers (David Carradine) that seems to exist solely as a precursor to a knife fight. This whole story takes up a great deal of the film's running time, which should give you an idea of the vapid sense of plotting.
There appear to be some half-baked allusions to the nature of loyalty and betrayal, but it really doesn't go anywhere. The characters are so uninteresting and unsympathetic that I was left struggling to care for anyone, except possibly the poor Pinkerton fellow who was continually one step behind the gang.
The action when it happens is reasonably well staged but completely irrelevant, attempting to imitate Sam Peckinpah's signature slow-mo death and glory shoot outs, which here leave one cold and indifferent. Not good enough.