Blackthorn

November 18, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Posted in 2011 | Leave a comment

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I struggled with whether to put this above or below “The Debt.”  This film does not give us the preachy/predictable ending but also lacks the brilliance of the scenes with the Nazi.  As such, it was a steady “indy” film, letting characters develop slowly and roundly, having a languid pace, even during action scenes, and finishing in an open-ended way.  It covers a few days in the life of an elderly Butch Cassidy (who supposedly escaped alive from his famous Bolivian gunfight in 1908).  He is played deftly by Sam Shepard in exactly the way you would expect: world-wise, worn around the edges, unflappable, stoic to the point of Zen but not a man to double-cross.  He was compelling enough to watch for two hours but not the least bit memorable.

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