Appaloosa, 2008 film starring Ed Harris, Viggo Mortensen, Renée Zellweger and Jeremy Irons. Interesting western, even back then I guess woman can get between friends.
Virgil Cole (Harris) and Everett Hitch (Mortensen) are hired to protect the small town of Appaloosa in New Mexico in the 1880’s. The town is terrorized by Randall Bragg (Iron’s) who killed their former Marshall and two of his deputies. Just after they arrive in Appaloosa so does a young widow, Allison French (Zellweger) who Virgil immediately fall for. As their mutual love seemingly grows Virgil and Everett capture Bragg and put him on trial for the murders thanks to the help of one of his men turned whistle blower. Though proven guilty and sentenced to hang it proves very hard to give Bragg his punishment as Ms French seems to be more involved that the two lawmen first thought.
It was nice to watch this fresh western for a change. Yes, this was the first time watching but I think I would again. Ed and Viggo played very well together and I was impressed on how much they gelled together. The story was good though not terribly original. There are loads of films where a town is victimized by criminals and killers, even ones with women as part of the main story. This one was unique in the way they used the woman character on both sides. Interesting.
As someone who travels throughout the US west it is nice to see that there are still many areas that westerns like this can still be filmed. This one was filmed mostly in New Mexico and Arizona, two states which I am very familiar with. Harris deserves a lot of praise I think for this film, he not only starred in it but he directed it, produced and even co-wrote the screenplay. Very talented man! As I said he and Viggo were great in it, Zellweger was ok but I have never been a huge fan and Irons was very good as the bad guy.
If you are a western fan than this film will be very enjoyable and a great addition to your collections.