Some epics aren't really epics, they're more like really long films.I come away from watching this film with complete apathy. Okay, I rented it and it should have been letterboxed, so I won't bitch about that aspect of the quality of the film. However, Cimino has made a mountain out of a molehill with this one. There was no point in making this film 3 hours and 40 minutes (longer than that if you include the FBI warning). This story could have been told in about 2 hours, maybe less. That withstanding, there are some interesting techniques with color and sound and subtitles (wha?). Yes, there are a few subtitles. The acting is pretty good too, although you're inclined to identify Jeff Bridges and Mickey Rourke(!) as, well...Jeff Bridges and Mickey Rourke and NOT as their characters. But again, I have to warn you about watching this film. Hours could have been left on the editing floor. The intro and conclusion seemed to be tacked on to make this film appear more saga-esque. The intro is actually a very good glimpse of life; group behavior and ritual are interestingly explored. Oh, and the musical score (Tchaikovsky I think) is not appropriate for the story or the setting at all.You'd like Sayles' "Matewan" instead.
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OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2005 Brisbane Film Festival. For more in the 2005 Brisbane Film Festival series, click here.