Time Out says
If Cave’s words don’t always sit as easily in the mouth of, say, Winstone – here in subdued ‘Sexy Beast’ mode – as in his own, the songwriter’s familiar marriage of Old Testament retribution narrative and Romantic engagement with nature and the self is well-served by Benoît Delhomme’s infernal red-yellow photography, and well-suited to the western form. This is more Peckinpah than Ford, but not just because of the extreme, visceral violence: with a grim trail that can only end in tears and an intimate, plaintive soundtrack, it’s less ‘Wild Bunch’ than ‘Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid’. The obscene absurdity of the settler project – whose symptoms range from the rose garden tended by Stanley’s delicate flower of a wife (Emily Watson) to the tactical sadism of his moustache-twirling superior – is enough in itself to prompt sympathy for its outlaws, with Pearce’s expressive face bearing largely mute, bewildered witness to the horrors it sparks.
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