The Mustang Reviews

  • Jul 09, 2019

    A beautifully meditative film with a powerful and understated lead actor in a fascinating role. I appreciate how they presented the character of Roman with all his flaws. The musical score was transcendent and the narrative about the horses themselves and how they affect these prisoners for the best is remarkable. It has a few elements that might not be realistic but are forgivable given the great performances. The prisoner culture seems to be presented well. Highly recommend.

    A beautifully meditative film with a powerful and understated lead actor in a fascinating role. I appreciate how they presented the character of Roman with all his flaws. The musical score was transcendent and the narrative about the horses themselves and how they affect these prisoners for the best is remarkable. It has a few elements that might not be realistic but are forgivable given the great performances. The prisoner culture seems to be presented well. Highly recommend.

  • Jul 07, 2019

    Might not be the biggest deviation from the theme ever, but in the vast redemption stories universe "The Mustang" finds it's place, especially thanks to good direction and horses that have something to say. Also being a real prison program, I just cannot help myself in that extra caring.

    Might not be the biggest deviation from the theme ever, but in the vast redemption stories universe "The Mustang" finds it's place, especially thanks to good direction and horses that have something to say. Also being a real prison program, I just cannot help myself in that extra caring.

  • Jul 05, 2019

    An excellent movie showing the usefulness of the wild horses program in prisons. Robert Redford does it again with this beautiful film, based on a true story. Worth the watch! As of 7/4/19, currently available on Demand.

    An excellent movie showing the usefulness of the wild horses program in prisons. Robert Redford does it again with this beautiful film, based on a true story. Worth the watch! As of 7/4/19, currently available on Demand.

  • Jun 30, 2019

    Great acting, wonderful movie.

    Great acting, wonderful movie.

  • Jun 29, 2019

    A sensational must-see movie for all, especially animal lovers and animal rights activists.

    A sensational must-see movie for all, especially animal lovers and animal rights activists.

  • Jun 24, 2019

    The film was okay, but really, the horse couldn't be touched or caught, and then suddenly in a storm, suddenly Roman can go up to him and put just a rope on him and lead him (something that isn't taught in 3 seconds) and then takes him into a confined space without getting hurt, and the next day he's back to not being able to touch him. And supposedly Roman hasn't ridden before and they let him on the back of an unbroken horse? Surely they would teach him to ride before putting him in such a position? And it's hardly a nice experience for even a seasoned horse to have someone lurching and kicking and pulling all at the same time, let alone a supposedly unbroken wild mustang. It's so hard to see past these things. And then there is attacking his cell mate who has to be dragged out of his cell, and yet Roman is still allowed the privilege of working outside with the horses - surely they would take that away from him wouldn't they?

    The film was okay, but really, the horse couldn't be touched or caught, and then suddenly in a storm, suddenly Roman can go up to him and put just a rope on him and lead him (something that isn't taught in 3 seconds) and then takes him into a confined space without getting hurt, and the next day he's back to not being able to touch him. And supposedly Roman hasn't ridden before and they let him on the back of an unbroken horse? Surely they would teach him to ride before putting him in such a position? And it's hardly a nice experience for even a seasoned horse to have someone lurching and kicking and pulling all at the same time, let alone a supposedly unbroken wild mustang. It's so hard to see past these things. And then there is attacking his cell mate who has to be dragged out of his cell, and yet Roman is still allowed the privilege of working outside with the horses - surely they would take that away from him wouldn't they?

  • Jun 21, 2019

    This may be the worst film I have seen in a long time. Few scenes are accurate. Prisoners don't have access to lethal meds/Ketamine even for horses. Horses don't miraculously bond with a human unless the human follows classical training/interaction standards The guards and auction audience were almost all white while the majority of inmates where people of color. Nevada's population is over 25% Hispanic/Latino but this isn't represented in the film. Why was the horse put in a box in the beginning? That's not real horse training. Human and horse went from scared/silent to emotional/vulnerable overnight. This doesn't happen except in movies. This film made the Sundance festival because Redford is Sundance. So insulting.

    This may be the worst film I have seen in a long time. Few scenes are accurate. Prisoners don't have access to lethal meds/Ketamine even for horses. Horses don't miraculously bond with a human unless the human follows classical training/interaction standards The guards and auction audience were almost all white while the majority of inmates where people of color. Nevada's population is over 25% Hispanic/Latino but this isn't represented in the film. Why was the horse put in a box in the beginning? That's not real horse training. Human and horse went from scared/silent to emotional/vulnerable overnight. This doesn't happen except in movies. This film made the Sundance festival because Redford is Sundance. So insulting.

  • Jun 18, 2019

    The black character tried to hard to make his sides for the movie look natural."Tried"The movie was great acting aside from that character.Writing was ex

    The black character tried to hard to make his sides for the movie look natural."Tried"The movie was great acting aside from that character.Writing was ex

  • Jun 18, 2019

    While it might have a familiar base story, The Mustang proves that there is always new ground you can cover, regardless how familiar the territory is. It's largely a one-man show, and Matthias Schoenaerts proves that just because your character is gruff and laconic, doesn't mean they have to be boring and one-note. It's a journey into the soul of a man who has shut himself away from others, but finds comfort in a similarly misunderstood creature. Again, familiar ground, but still done well and without unnecessary sentimentality. The powerful moments are all the more effective because the movie doesn't go out of its way to emphasise them, instead letting them happen naturally, as they would in real life. It doesn't achieve any kind of profundity, but the fact that you believe the characters and understand what they're going through grounds the film and prevents it from becoming what could easily have been a fairy-tale. I enjoyed The Mustang for its human values and its respect for the bond we share with nature, and I look forward to seeing what the director brings us in the future.

    While it might have a familiar base story, The Mustang proves that there is always new ground you can cover, regardless how familiar the territory is. It's largely a one-man show, and Matthias Schoenaerts proves that just because your character is gruff and laconic, doesn't mean they have to be boring and one-note. It's a journey into the soul of a man who has shut himself away from others, but finds comfort in a similarly misunderstood creature. Again, familiar ground, but still done well and without unnecessary sentimentality. The powerful moments are all the more effective because the movie doesn't go out of its way to emphasise them, instead letting them happen naturally, as they would in real life. It doesn't achieve any kind of profundity, but the fact that you believe the characters and understand what they're going through grounds the film and prevents it from becoming what could easily have been a fairy-tale. I enjoyed The Mustang for its human values and its respect for the bond we share with nature, and I look forward to seeing what the director brings us in the future.

  • Jun 17, 2019

    Despite a few plot elements that aren't entirely believable, this is a most powerful drama, led by superb performances from the fine Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts and the acclaimed veteran actor Bruce Dern. The film also has a very poignant finale which certainly enhances its effect. Overall, a strong feature debut from director and co-writer Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre.

    Despite a few plot elements that aren't entirely believable, this is a most powerful drama, led by superb performances from the fine Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts and the acclaimed veteran actor Bruce Dern. The film also has a very poignant finale which certainly enhances its effect. Overall, a strong feature debut from director and co-writer Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre.