Dust Reviews

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December 5, 2008
Essentially, the story is of a burglar (Lester) who breaks into a house of an old woman (Murphy) in New York and she tells him the story of American cowboys (Fiennes and Wenham) in the Ottoman Empire in Macedonia and their tangled fraternal love/hatred when confronted with a beautiful woman. It's a story that dips in and out of narrative timelines. David Wenham and Joseph Fiennes play two cowboy brothers that wind up in Macedonia, fighting on different sides in a bloody conflict between the Macedonian natives and the oppressive Ottomans. Luke fights on the Ottoman side because they pay in gold, Elijah on the Macedonian because they are the right side. There are many bloody scenes here and it is one thing that I don't like with this film. The overall carnage gets too exhausting, simply put. And there is no real thrill in it either, except for the villains getting killed. The parallel stories intertwining aren't nearly as effective here as in "Before the rain". The plot with the black burglar and the old woman is weak and ineffective. Only the dramatic relationship between Luke (Wenham)and Elijah (Fiennes) and their rivalry over the beautiful and headstrong Lilith (unknown but solid actress) is what makes this film interesting and worthwhile. Wenham gives a really powerful performance here and even overshadows both Fiennes and the rest of the cast. Well worth watching.
June 23, 2007
First of: David Wenham fan!
Now that that's out, he makes one HOT cowboy...even though he sounds a little weird.
½ May 13, 2007
This otherwise solid action/drama "western" period piece is damaged severely by a bookend storyline set in the present that takes the impact of the central story and bashes its head against a sharp rock. A lost opportunity at a truly memorable film.
May 10, 2015
Pay no attention to the negative reviews.
This is not a a paint by numbers Hollywood action movie with every little detail in spelled out for the audience. This is an expertly shot, smartly edited eastern western, with great action set pieces, bloody violence and a story that spans a century.
A movie that Quentin Tarantino can only dream of making!
½ November 7, 2012
A painful story about a painful history. Interesting movie all a round.
June 28, 2009
Fantastic movie! Music is great, the plot is fabulous!
½ February 11, 2009
This is a very misunderstood movie and quite wonderful. It is not as good as Manchevski's brilliant "Before the Rain" but is an intelligent movie, made for intelligent viewers. Manchevski does not adhere to the laws of physics and his movies use time brilliantly. The result is quite lyrical.
½ January 1, 2008
This is an uncomfortable mix of present day sentimentality, flashing back to a bloody Western type story. It does have some style, but it lacks depth and sems longer than it is. The cast is good, but are unsuccessful in breathing life into the film.
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