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"Sweetwater" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

In the late 1800's, a beautiful former prostitute (January Jones) is trying to build an honest life with her husband in the rugged plains of New Mexico. When she catches the eye of a sadistic and powerful religious leader (Jason Isaacs), her life is violently turned upside down. She embarks on a bloody course of vengeance with the assistance of a renegade sheriff (Ed Harris) who has violent tendencies of his own.

Specifications

  • Arc Entertainment
  • 2013 Rated R 1 hour 35 minutes
  • Aspect Ratio 2.40:1
  • 1080p AVC
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Starring: Ed Harris, Jason Isaacs, January Jones
  • Directed by: Logan Miller
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Yes
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

This independent film won a few awards, but none of them were for the story itself, as it is nothing more than a revenge flick. Nothing wrong with that, but it has been done before...and better, too, I might add. The stand out performance comes from Harris, who plays a crazy, but dangerous, sheriff. Issacs makes for a creepy "religious nut' cult leader (vague references to Mormonism) who desires more land ownership, apparently. Most of the characters come off as mean and ugly, but Ms. Jones characterization of a 'street walker" gone good, then gone vigilante, just did not fit. Besides being a rather flat emotionless actress, I also could not buy into the fact that she and her husband were trying to farm land in a desert. By the films end, I could not decide if I should be cheering for anyone at the climactic confrontation. Like I said...I've seen this all before.

Technical

The picture and audio are quite good, as I assume the filming was done with a RED camera. Colors and details are quite strong, without any film grain. Sound is lively during the shoot outs and dialog as always clear and locked into the CC speaker. This is a great disc, but a not so great flick.

Extras

The extras are a bit parched, with just a commentary with interviews from Jones, Harris and Issacs.