Monday, March 26, 2012

LAMBs in The Director's Chair Series Spotlight (Sam Raimi): The Quick and the Dead

The Quick and the Dead (1995)

Directed by Sam Raimi

Written by Simon Moore

Stars: Sharon Stone, Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe, Gene Hackman, Tobin Bell, Keith David, Lance Henriksen and Gary Sinise

I have heard of the movie, but have never got the chance to see it. Seeing that Sam Raimi has directed the film, I had no chance but to watch the movie. Yeah... I understand the movie was supposed be groundbreaking for having a female gunslinger as the lead, but the movie is not good.

As I said, the movie takes place in the Wild West where a female gunslinger, Ellen (Stone) comes into town to be a part of a quick draw contest. The contest is sponsored by Herod (Hackman) who rules the town with an iron fist. Ellen has an ulterior motive for revenge, because he was the man that killed her father (Sinise) years earlier.

I know the movie was supposed to be different but it followed the same tropes as any other western. There is the good guy, Ellen and the bad guy, Herod who has to kill him in the end to get revenge. I was not impressed with the way the film was shot. It has these Dutch angles that were unnecessary. I was not surprised that all of the guys were dirty expected for Ellen. Not an ounce of dirt on her.

I was bored with it. I cannot be bothered talking about this movie anymore.

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