Number of Times Seen – Twice (Theater in ’96 and 6 Mar 2019)
Brief Synopsis – An unnamed man shows up in a border town and gets between two warring gangs of mobsters.
My Take on it – This is a film that I saw years ago when it came out but it failed to make a real impression on me, so I never had much of a desire to check it out again until now.
The premise itself is an interesting one and the idea to take a story that worked extremely well in both Feudal Japan and in the Old West is transported into the age of Prohibition is done quite well.
Bruce Willis is perfectly cast is the lead role because he plays the role rough and stuff like it be.
Unfortunately tho, the story itself is quite lacking and fails to stay enjoyable since they present things in a pretty strange way.
The plot relies much too heavily on a lot of aspects that don’t manage to work well enough and instead of flowing smoothly, the story feels quite choppy along the way.
The action is presented in a nice way since it all is done in very close quarters throughout.
This allows for some nice twists, turns and surprises along the way that are good, but fail to make this story feel innovative or original enough that would set it apart from the previous versions of this story.
Christopher Walken is somewhat wasted in a key role here since he isn’t given enough to do.
Perhaps if they would have developed his character better, things would be more enjoyable here.
Bottom Line – Interesting idea to try and change the story from both feudal Japan and from the West and bring the story to the age of prohibition. Willis is perfectly cast in this role even if the story itself is lacking. The way that they present things fails to stay enjoyable because it relies much too heavily on lots of things that don’t work well enough. The action is close quartered and this allows for some nice surprises along the way even if things don’t manage to flow smoothly enough. Walken is wasted in a key role and things would have been better if he had been utilized much better.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Walter Hill considered this a “free adaptation” of Yojimbo (1961) rather than a remake, calling the idea of remaking Akira Kurosawa’s film “a foolish endeavor.” (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)
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