Review by Bradley Smith
John Cusack and Emile Hirsch star in this gritty and dull western where “Never Grow Old” should be the new motto of a once-peaceful frontier town when an outlaw and his gang move into town. Though “outlaw” may be debatable since the Sherriff never seems able to do anything under the laws, but justice is swift for a child likely defending herself in a situation she should not have been in to begin with.
Patrick Tate (Emile Hirsch; Speed Racer, Autopsy of Jane Doe) is an Irish undertaker in the small American frontier town of Garlow. Like many others, he and his wife moved there for a fresh start in a seemingly peaceful town. But things take a turn when he forms an uneasy partnership with the newly arrived gunslinger Dutch Albert (John Cusack) which of course eventually threatens his family.
Both Cusack and Hirsch have had amazing roles in extraordinary films. This film, however, will not be counted among them, I suspect. Obviously, I cannot say I really enjoyed this movie, but nor did I hate it. There is some action and a decent enough plot, but also some scenes are just sleep-inducing while others are almost painful. Bigger fans of westerns and gun fights will find something to like, but my mind started to wander around the hanging (possible spoiler, but would it be a real gritty western without a hanging).