Westerns are a rare genre these days with just a few popping up from time to time, but mostly straight to video. With westerns they can easily become forgettable and start blending together so it’s more about what they can bring different to the table. The latest Sweetwater looks to bring the vengeance western back while bringing a cult like aspect to it, but does it work?
Sweetwater follows a former prostitute trying to rebuild her life with her husband, but when she catches the eye of a sadistic and powerful religious leader her life is violently turned upside down and she sets out on a blood trenched path of vengeance. The first half of this film plays pretty slow delivering a pretty average western with nothing all that special to offer. Despite the great performance from Jason Isaacs as a psychotic cult preacher keeping things interesting, it wasn’t until the arrival of Ed Harris’s equally as crazy lawman that things start to pick up. His quirky performance mixed with the insane Isaacs made this western step out of the norm a bit to deliver something that felt more current instead of just another rehash of the genre. When the vengeance aspect begins, this film takes things up a notch to deliver some fun brutal violence that is sure to put a smile on the face of any action fan. The rest of the film sports pretty much every western cliché you can imagine that could have made things go horribly wrong, but thanks to a great cast and some good action pay off it ended on a high note.
This western isn’t breaking any molds or doing anything that will step up the genre, but it does manage to breeth a bit of life into it. As mentioned before, the first half of the film is a bit slow and generic, but stick it out and if you are a fan of Isaacs or Harris then you are sure to have some fun when the shooting begins.
Load up your six shooter and take a trip to Sweetwater when it hits stores on December 31st.