In 1870s America, the fury of a notorious gang leader is unleashed when a peaceful American settler avenges the death of his family. Then as his cowardly fellow townspeople betray him, he is forced to hunt down the outlaws alone.
The American West in the 1870s. A European settler, Jon Jensen (Mads Mikkelsen), has just welcomed his wife and son to the country when they are kidnapped and murdered. He takes revenge on the murderers, only to discover that one was the brother of a local land baron, Henry Delarue. Delarue runs the local town with a brutal hand. Now he wants vengeance on the man who killed his brother and the local townspeople are too scared of him to stand up to him. Jon is fighting more than just the local thugs, he is facing the entire town. Written by
When demanding "justice," Col. Delarue cites, "a tooth for a tooth." This incomplete biblical reference is from the Sermon on the Mount, which actually urges people to turn the other cheek rather than seeking retribution. See more »
The screen text displayed at the movie's beginning states the story takes place in 1871. During the stagecoach scene near the beginning of the film, the men are using Colt Single Action Army pistols. The Single Action Army pistol was not introduced until 1873. See more »
Yeah, I was a soldier once, and it taught me a lesson. Don't get into a fight you know you're gonna lose.
[under his breath]
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Maybe it takes Danes to do a really good Western these days? American westerns seems to be all about softer things now, while this movie was tough and, in part, quite brutal. They even killed a kid in it, which sort of never happens in American movies.
Mads Mikkelsen delivers as always. His stone face is made for this sort of thing (Clint Eastwood, anyone?). Jeffrey Dean Morgan did a good job as the bad guy and Eva Green was really cool as a mute and strong woman.
The Swedish feminist newspapers hated this movie because it was about two strong men, the brothers. I for one can't see what they were complaining about, given Green's role. And in any case, even if Green wasn't there: Why can't a movie be about two strong men?
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