Starring: Ed Harris, January Jones, Jason Isaacs, Eduardo Noriega, Jason Aldean, Stephen Root
More info: IMDb
Plot: Against the backdrop of the American Old West, newlyweds Miguel and Sarah struggle to make a living cultivating their small patch of land. Soon a much bigger struggle arises as powerful landowner and community preacher Prophet Josiah makes a play for their property. As he launches his diabolical plot to take their land, an eccentric big-city sheriff comes to town. Things soon go from bad to worse, culminating in a jaw-dropping, hell-hath-no-fury showdown.
My rating: 8/10
Will I watch it again? Yes!
OK, I'm a sucker for a Western and this it the ONLY Western at Sundance this year. A film in this genre doesn't have to be great for me to dig it. Give me some gorgeous scenery and some gun play and I'm A-OK. I haven't given it much thought but this might have been my most anticipated film of the festival because it's a Western and it's got a great cast. I knew bupkiss about the story. I don't need one.
SWEETWATER has got some great performances. Ed Harris is having a ball and you will, too, when you see it. This is definitely going to get picked up and make it's way to your town. I sure as hell hope it makes it to mine. Anyway, the cast is great and even though it hits on a few Western cliches, the film makers handle them differently. The biggest issue I have is the lack of motivation for Prophet Joseph (Isaacs). He's a very bad man and he mentions how God spoke to him or something but it felt like we needed someone to give us a little more exposition to fully understand his motives or at least how he got to the mental state he's in. He's a mean sumbitch.
Other than that, I was liking the movie OK until the final act and then I went fucking apeshit insane for it. Fuck me with a Commodore 64. It's off the charts. Bodies all over the place. And the ending is splendid. Man, that shit got crazy. Oh, and I can't leave without saying what a wonderful job January Jones did. It's such a treat to see a strong role for a woman in a Western and one that's not just a badass but one that is real and 3 dimensional. I'm impressed. I cannot wait to drag my friends to the theater when this one hits. Can't wait.