|Miramax Films | Release Date: December 25, 2000||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
Even a full week after seeing it, I'm still influenced enough by the film's many enchantments not to be overly concerned with its flaws.
To paraphrase Andre Malraux, it invokes but it doesn't always supply, doesn't course strongly enough with the book's themes of blood and earth and dislocation.
Thornton and his excellent company summon up for us the long rides, dangerous companions, rites of passage, the mad love and, most of all, the special relationship between the man/boys that rode over the border and the horses that carried them there.
It's like a tantalizing CliffsNotes version of what could have been.
A botched effort. Not necessarily bad, but hardly compelling either.
Never really gets out of the starting gate.
A movie of arresting pieces that don't harmonize into a satisfying whole.
Lacks an essential sense of purpose.
It doesn't help that Damon and Cruz fail to generate sparks or that the second half of the film, in which John and Lacey face hell in a Mexican prison, feels bluntly edited to fit a two-hour running time.
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