Open Range

directed by Kevin Costner
Category: "Western"
Year of Release:2003
Date Added:01/10/2008
Date Watched:08/21/2003
Description:A former gunslinger is forced to take up arms again when he and his cattle crew are threatened by a corrupt lawman.
My Rating:8

Reviews for Open Range

Review - Open Range

Why I saw it: I was in the mood for a western. Sal and I saw this one in the theater when it first came out, and I remembered it as being pretty good.

Brief Synopsis: A four-man cattle outfit is moving a herd across the Plains. Mose goes into the nearest town for supplies, and he doesn’t return. Boss and his partner Charley ride into town and find Mose in jail after getting in a fight with several men who work for Baxter, a local rancher. Baxter hates free-range cattlemen and warns Boss to get his herd out of the area. He sends several of his men to intimidate Boss and his men.

Boss and Charley decide to be proactive. They jump Baxter’s men at their campfire and send them packing back to town. But when they get back to their own camp, they find Mose dead and the other man, Button, seriously injured. They take him to town where the doctor’s sister, Sue cares for him.

Boss and Charley decide to take a stand against Baxter. When the rancher and his men ride into town, the two cattlemen are waiting for them.

What I liked about it: It’s just like an old-time western. The love story between Charley and Sue is a bit corny, but fits with the mood of the movie. The scenery is fantastic (watch it in wide screen). I’m not a big fan of Duvall, Costner or Bening, but they all work here.

What I didn’t like about it: There’s a little bit of swearing, but it’s not over the top.

Bottom line: I gave it an 8. If you’re in the mood for a classic western, you’ll probably like it. But don’t watch it if you get upset or offended by violence. There’s a whole bunch of it in the final shoot-out which lasts for about a third of the movie.

Other comments: I’ve heard that a lot of people find it long and slow-moving. It is long and slow-moving, but it needs to be to set the scene and introduce the characters.
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