Well made cinema if lacking in originality
Epic period drama set in the wild west entertains well enough but does
It's certainly a genre to which many, many movies belong. Well, when I
say genre I mean western, and to a degree The Missing only loosely fits
it given we usually expect masses of gun-slinging and volumes of
shoot-outs. Well there are a couple of gun-fights in this one, but
really, it's a drama set in the late 19th century, and it's a fairly
slow plodding one at that, but it's not excruciatingly slow as to be a
Tommy Lee Jones is Samuel Jones, a 'white' turned Indian. Estranged
from his family after abandoning them years earlier, he returns in
mysterious circumstances only to find his daughter Magdalene is not
However, when a tribe of Apache Indians kidnap her daughter with the
intention of selling her as a prostitute, she realises she needs Jones'
help to track them down and get her daughter back.
As 'Maggie' Cate Blanchett is quite superb. This is the first role I've
seen her in, and if you didn't know she was Australian you'd be
forgiven for thinking she was Texan. She's incredibly natural and
elicits emotion superbly well. During the early stages of the movie her
character is required to speak in Spanish (I believe) as well as in
Texan - her interchanging between 2 foreign tongues is seamless and
very impressive. She keeps this level of performance up throughout the
story and I must say I'm a fan now.
Tommy is predictably classy as usual, apparently recovering well from
the dire turkey that was The Hunted. His mere presence oozes in every
scene he appears in, such is the man's magnitude. Only possibly
weakness is some of his lines are slightly unclear, but it's an
The direction is quite slow and considered, but there are a few
reasonably exciting...erm...horse rides, which get the best out of the
cinematography. Some nice panoramic shots and smart camera angles are
very much to the movie's benefit.
Unfortunately the movie is slightly let down by the chronic
predictability of it, and the definite lack of breaking any new ground.
Sure, it's a kidnap thriller set in ye old days - but mixing these 2
together does not make a new type of film.
But if you overlook this and accept the movie as an unremarkable yet
solid piece of cinema with good performances, you'll get something out
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good western with glimmer landscapes
The picture deals on a family constituted by the mother(Cate
Blanchett),two daughters and lover (Aaron Eckart). The
grandfather(Tommy Lee Jones) appears after long time . Then, the old
daughter(Evan Rachel Wood) is kidnapped by Apaches Chiricaghua and they
will go looking her for .
They will must to confront amount dangers and they will track down an
Indians group commanded by a villain and ominous witch. The
confrontation will be terrible. In the film there are action, wonderful
landscapes, shootouts,fights and a little bit violence. In the support
cast film appear actors usually play Indians roles, such as Eric
Schweig, and Steve Reevis, because they are native origin. United to
Wes Studi,Grahame Graheme and Floyd Westerman , among them, are in all
movies with Indians, starting with: .