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Critic Reviews for Purgatory
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Finds a fairly novel way in which to mix some of the classic old-school characters with just a dose of otherworldly weirdness. I dug it.
...more a psychological thriller than anything else, but it will not entirely disappoint die-hard action fans, either.
Audience Reviews for Purgatory
Uli Edel drops some fantasy into a western atmosphere in Purgatory.
This isn't a 90 minute sprint around the track by any means, but for a film that does harness a slower pace, the cloudiness and sense of mystery stirs up enough intrigue to keep the story afloat.
The film may kick off with a bang; however, there isn't much in the way of bullets flying around, which leaves the feeling that this is lesser than an action picture. Fortunately, the final act makes up for it all.
The cast is strong and it shows. Sam Shepard was born for his role and Eric Roberts proves to be an excellent adversary. Peter Stormare, Randy Quaid, J.D. Souther, and Donnie Wahlberg fill up the supporting cast nicely. Amelia Heinle is a sight for sore eyes in a film full of gun-slinging cowboys.
Purgatory fits the bill as a western with a unique flavor, thus making it a recommendable film.
Interesting movie actually--definitely a family flick you can enjoy with everyone. As I was watching the film I couldn't help but not think back on my College years when I read Dante's Inferno. Good vs Evil gone western in a strange but interesting way. Very nice cast. I liked it. A couple of words to sum it up: Interesting. Profound.
Okay, I know this movie has its downfalls, but I still find it enjoyable. the concept is pretty cool, throwing the mystic properties of the old western heroes and villains with biblical spiritualism. The shootouts were more realistic than I've seen in most westerns, which is a change. Still... this is a made for tv movie, and all made for tv movies suffer from the similar problems. This is no different. Well, lets get to it. 1. Acting. Dry, predictable, t.v. oriented. There are the exceptions, but overall, the acting the audience needed isn't what the audience received. 2. Characters. I'm not sure what research went into the characters of this movie, but I found them lacking. They seemed more like the anthropomorphized versions of the actual characters ( the ones based off of real people ), not performances based off of actual accounts. It seemed like a 50's western done in the late 90's, know what I mean? I can't in good conscience give this movie a good score. I want to, because I like it, but it can't. It's a C movie. Shy of a ripe tomato because of bad acting. Catch it on tv, if it ever comes on again. Borrow it from someone, if they were that enthusiastic about it. If you can find it used for a buck or so, I am inclined to say spend it, but DON'T pay full price. I taped it, and even though I like this movie, that's as far as I'm going to go with it.
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