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Five Fingers for Marseilles brings the spaghetti Western to South Africa, with stylishly entertaining - albeit slightly uneven - results.
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[Five Fingers for Marseilles] is ripe with indignation, injustice, righteous violence and, ultimately, a shootout of cosmic resonance.
A brutal but thoughtful film invoking subtle social allegory, "Marseilles" demonstrates both the durability and elasticity of the genre.
There are no thrills in this western yarn, just a mounting series of tragedies that are by turns frustrating and numbing.
In stylish and entertaining fashion, "Five Fingers for Marseilles" looks over the South African countryside and finds fresh vistas for the western genre.
While there are gunfights and everything concludes with a big shoot-out, the complexity of the situation and the murkiness of Tau's quest for redemption are anything but standard-order fare for a Western.
At times, the film is so mythic that it strains credulity, but if you're a fan of spaghetti Westerns, you know that's part of the deal.
Five Fingers For Marseilles is an impressively put together western that manages to balance entertainment with palpable political discourse.
A craggy, gutbucket epic full of slightly silly, mythopoetic grandeur and a tart taste of regional politics. It's amazing how well some tropes travel.
Five Fingers for Marseilles is an achievement in cinema ... an emotionally relentless film which feels like it's been handled by masters of the craft.
While the time is modern, some years after the end of apartheid, "Five Fingers" could easily be a part of the Leone Western canon.
Superb acting by all the leads and supporting players populate the desolate landscape with human dramas large and small in a place where people scrape a living out of harsh conditions.
[Director Michael] Matthews clearly has a lot of love for the elements inspiring Five Fingers for Marseilles, but it ultimately falls apart during the exact moments it should be most compelling.
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