Red Rock West Reviews
A neo-noir set in Wyoming that follows all the standards. Nic Cage is the unlucky hero, in over his head. Lara Flynn Boyle is the femme fatale. J.T. Walsh and Dennis Hopper are the ones up to no good. The film is made well enough and manages to be entertaining for the most part.
Cage stars as Michael, a man trying to find a job, but do to a dodgy knee that was injured during his time spent in the military, its quite hard for him. Michael stumbles into a bar only to be mistaken for a hitman by the bartender, played by J.T. Walsh, who hires him to kill his wife, played by Boyle. Michael accepts, only to plan on ditching with the half up front paid money. Things go awry as Michael can't seem to get out of town, only to have even more problems once the real hitman, played by Dennis Hopper, shows up.
This film is just fine. It plays with the genre by having it set in the midwest, but really doesn't offer much in the way of surprise. So that leaves the filmmaking and the actors involved. Cage does just fine, Hopper is always interesting to watch, and I do miss the standard type of character that Walsh used to play before he died.
Director John Dahl also manages to do a good enough job at throwing in some tension and action our way, which certainly keeps the film's pace moving.
A fine thriller.
Michael Williams: Adios, Red Rock.
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One of those rare moments where Cage is a likable character, and a decent actor. Neither has happened very often.
There are many contrived moments when you need to suspend your disbelief, but the story is interesting enough for you not to care. The soundtrack is also pretty cool and always comes up at just the right time
I liked the ending a lot as well because as i was looking at the final shot of the train leaving I looked back at all the crazy shit that went on that wouldn't have even happened if it hadn't been for the misunderstanding at the beginning.
A fun time. I recommend it.