The Claim (2000)
Critic Consensus: Though it sometimes feels cold and detached, The Claim is evocative, beautifully shot, and full of understated performances.
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Critic Reviews for The Claim
The audience is simply left with the task of fitting together the allegory's easy pieces.
Easily the most compelling Western to hit our screens since Unforgiven.
A mournful, poetic, epic movie that lodges in the memory.
Takes place against a frigid canvas gorgeously captured by Alwin Kuchler.
A rich emotional experience, ranging in degree from fire to ice.
True to its source, finding the seed of all great epics in the divisions of the heart.
Audience Reviews for The Claim
What's more fun that a wagon of nitro blowing up a horse? If you like gold, snow and whores...you'll love the claim.
Dillon: I don't drink anymore. I want you to know that. Between this movie and another overlooked film, Ravenous, I seem to enjoy movies set in the Sierra Nevadas during the 1860s. This movie takes place in said setting, and involves a town built on the finding of gold in the area, known as Kingdom Come. A town named Kingdom Come is very cool to me, I just feel I need to point that out. This town is run by Mr. Dillon, a man who has some bad history involving those he arrived in the area with. At the beginning of the film, a man (Wes Bentley) from the Railroad company arrives, looking at the town as a prospect for where the Railroad may come through. This will make or break the town. If it comes through, good for them. If it is set up somewhere nearby, a new town will be built and this one will decline. Also entering the town is a woman sick with Tuberculosis, and her daughter (Sarah Polley) with histories of their own involving this area. These secrets are not secret for long in the film, but its better to describe it this way. Also in town is a brothel, run by Mr. Dillon's mistress Lucia, played pretty well by Milla Jovovich, proving she doesn't always need to be in bad sci-fi action films. These five main characters all interact in various way, forming a number of love triangles, and other obstacles they must face. As interesting as the story is, this film is also very good visually and combined with a very good score, it makes this a very good film. Lucia: No guns, there are no guns allowed in my town.
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