“I’d push you right off the Earth if I thought it would help Dave.”
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
Response to Peary’s Review:
I agree with Peary that this film is beautifully shot, and makes excellent use of natural landscapes as a backdrop for the revenge-driven storyline. The violence itself is indeed “brutal” and shocking; we’re not used to seeing heroic Stewart treated as unfairly as he is here (dragged along the ground by a rope, shot calculatedly in the hand).
Indeed, the psychopathy of “sadistic and crazy” Nicol —
… and Crisp’s unwavering loyalty to his son despite all evidence that he should reject him — are quite disturbing. I find it challenging to watch the “family” dynamics playing out between Crisp, Nicol, and Kennedy:
This is a serious morass of denial and dysfunction, and it’s hard to have much sympathy for Crisp, who nonetheless is portrayed as deserving love (from Aline McMahon as his neighbor and former love interest):
… and understanding (especially given his failing eyesight). Meanwhile, Cathy O’Donnell’s role as Nicol’s cousin and Kennedy’s would-be fiance is underdeveloped; she’s beautiful, but her performance feels oddly distant.
With all that said, there is enough brilliance here in staging, setting, and cinematography to make this outing worth a one-time look.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
(Listed in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die)