At their hideaway, they are surprised by Tibey and his men. Jay's beloved dog is shot dead. Calling Miryea a "faithless whore", Tibey strikes her and cuts her across the mouth with a knife, as Tibey's henchmen viciously beat and kick Jay. After setting fire to the cabin, they dump Jay in the desert, and leave him to die. Miryea is placed in a whorehouse, where she is drugged, abused, and relegated to "common use". The young man responsible for keeping her drugged has AIDS. As Miryea no longer wishes to live the life of a common prostitute, she persuades him to share a needle with her, thus infecting her. Jay's unconscious body is discovered by a Mexican Good Samaritan, who slowly nurses him back to health. His wish for revenge and finding Miryea is the only thing he can think of....
The film is based on a novella written by Jim Harrison and published in Esquire Magazine in 1979. Harrison, who also wrote Legends of the Fall, co-wrote the script. "They pretty much shot the novella," said Harrison. "I was so swept away by it that I cried - I really did. And I"m not known for crying." Variety wrote, "This far-from-perfect rendering of Jim Harrison's shimmering novella has a romantic sweep and elemental power that ultimately transcend its flaws." Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly rated it D and called it a vanity project for Costner. Roger Ebert, writing for The Chicago Sun-Times, rated it 2.5/4 stars and wrote that the film "plays like a showdown between its style and its story." Vincent Canby of The New York Times described it as "soft and aimless, the performances are without conviction." Hal Hinson of The Washington Post wrote that the story becomes so cynical that nothing has meaning.
Kevin Costner has always been a favourite of mine with many good films on his CV, specifically during the 80s and 90s. He had that moviestar looks and a great way of finding his characters despite the variation of leads and genre. "Revenge" has that Tony Scott look/vibe to it as all the movies he made. The light (sun beams, mist etc), the settings, the camera angles, the machoism, the violence and the shady morals of life. Not necessary bad, but Scott also makes it look a bit like a standard actioneer, which itīs not fully when looking at the storyline. Friendship, betrayal, love, revenge and death might seem pretty standard, but "Revenge" has this little extra twist in my point of view. The ending is truly tragic and I do like the fact that they kept it and didnīt change it to something else. I like as well that the title and the build up is set up for a classic western showdown, but it takes a different path. Heads up for that. Kevin Costner is fine as Michael J. "Jay" Cochran, Anthony Quinn great as always while Madeleine Stowe is good but not fully spot on as Miryea. Miguel Ferrer and John Leguizamo adds to the weight of the film.
It is a mix of Tony Scott's earlier success (Top Gun) and his later work (Man On Fire).
better then the rating it has. Very under rated film and one of Costner's
better efforts. That ending is one of the best Hollywood has ever come