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BTDesign Award
Appaloosa (2008)

Cast: Ed Harris, Viggo Mortensen, Renée Zellweger, Jeremy Irons, Timothy Spall, Lance Henriksen

Director(s): Ed Harris

Language: English

Genre: Western


Actor Ed Harris takes only his second stab at directing, following the Oscar-winning feature POLLOCK (2000) with this spirited western. Harris draws on a strong cast, many of whom have acted with him in previous films, to tell the story of two gunfighters attempting to bring peace to the small town of Appaloosa in the late 1800s. Virgil Cole (Harris) and Everett Hitch (Viggo Mortensen) ride into the windswept New Mexico town and are hired to bring vigilante entrepreneur Randall Bragg (Jeremy Iro... [Get complete synopsis]


motleymitch wrote on January 23, 2009, 4:23 am
This started out with great promise - Viggo and Ed in a western, what's not to like, nu?
The first 20 minutes were compelling enough to keep you into the story....and then it slooooows down and meanders for quite a while. The introduction of the Zellweger character really kinda derailed the potential for a more exciting film. And the Ed & Viggo characters are shown as hard-driving, no-nonsense men who get things done their way, yet seem too quick to trust characters who were previously proven untrustworthy, which makes you question either their intelligence or the writer's.
Anyways, there are thoughtful moments (almost too many), and the film is beautifully shot, but it lacks some much needed punch. Disappointing.

Deril wrote on January 24, 2009, 2:18 am
Hate to be so unoriginal all the time, but Mitch has this one spot on. I loved the first 30 minutes or so and got really into the story. Ed Harris was fantastic. Viggo was strong, but his character wasn't as complex. Enter Zellwegger...YAWN-O-RAMA. This movie slows to a snails pace (which doesn't always bother me) but the story really takes a wrong turn at some point and by the end I really didn't care what happened to anyone.
Jeremy's Iron also had a good performance, but his character could have been so much more with a better script.

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