In “Sweetwater,” which opens Friday, Oct. 11 exclusively at Harkins Arrowhead Fountains and Harkins Shea, Isaacs plays a fanatical religious leader who collides with a renegade Sheriff (Ed Harris), and a former prostitute (January Jones) collide on the rugged plains of the New Mexico Territory.
Listen to “Breakthrough Entertainment” and Phoenix Movie Examiner's full interview with Isaacs by clicking on the image in the upper left-hand corner of this article. The following is an excerpt from the interview in which the actor discusses just how unusual a film “Sweetwater” is.
“It is so unusual. It looks from the street like a Western. We have got the hats, we have got the horses. And there are dresses. And there are guns. But it is indescribable in terms of genre. But it is certainly thrilling and unusual and twisted and dark. Although it has an outlandish plot and some outrageous sequences, you are diving into the lives of complicated people and that is rarely seen on screen I think. I hope that people enjoy the film. It was made with relish; I hope that it is enjoyed with relish.
“One of the joys about having the Miller brothers write and direct it is that they are fresh filmmakers. They absolutely refused to adhere to all of the normal rules of storytelling. When you watch most films and television programs, somewhere inside of yourself, you actually know what is going to happen next and what is going to happen to which people and how things are going to be resolved. [The Miller brothers] deliberately do none of that stuff and subvert it. They didn't want to do all the things that years of filmmaking would lead them to do.
“So what is refreshing as an audience member and as one of the actors taking part is that you are telling a story like I do my children. They lie there at night and I am making it up. I don't have a structure in mind. It is not schematically planned. It is a story that unfolds. And that is what happens. This story gathers a kind of unstoppable and deeply unpleasant momentum and somehow they make it enjoyable along the way. Somehow there is a pleasure to be taken in the violence; there is a pleasure to be taken in the revenge; and yet nothing ever works out how anybody wants. Life is more complicated than that.” - Jason Isaacs