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      Slow West

      2015, Western/Mystery & thriller, 1h 31m

      137 Reviews 10,000+ Ratings

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      Slow West serves as an impressive calling card for first-time writer-director John M. Maclean -- and offers an inventive treat for fans of the Western. Read critic reviews

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      Slow West (2015) Slow West (2015) Slow West (2015) Caren Pistorius as Rose Ross and Kodi Smit-McPhee as Jay Cavendish in "Slow West." Michael Fassbender as Silas Selleck in "Slow West." A scene from "Slow West." (L-R) Michael Fassbender as Silas Selleck and Kodi Smit-McPhee as Jay Cavendish in "Slow West." Kodi Smit-McPhee as Jay Cavendish in "Slow West." Kodi Smit-McPhee as Jay Cavendish in "Slow West." Michael Fassbender as Silas Selleck in "Slow West."

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      A bounty hunter (Michael Fassbender) keeps his true motive a secret from the naive Scottish teenager (Kodi Smit-McPhee) he's offered to serve as bodyguard and guide while the youth searches for his beloved in 1800s Colorado.

      • Rating: R (Violence|Brief Language)

      • Genre: Western, Mystery & thriller

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: John Maclean

      • Producer: Rachel Gardner, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Conor McCaughan

      • Writer: John Maclean

      • Release Date (Theaters):  limited

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      • Box Office (Gross USA): $215.6K

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      • Distributor: A24

      • Production Co: DMC Film, Rachel Gardner Films, See-Saw Films

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      • Dec 17, 2017

        This attempt of an arthouse Western movie is only 80 minutes long but feels like two hours. It's okay to tell a story slowly but you should never make your audience feel as if they just wasted their time. It doesn't help that the humor feels so out of place and random even the editing makes other scenes unintentionally funny. Some sequences are beautifully shot, but the pointlessly bittersweet ending really makes you want to forget you watched this. What was everyone involved thinking?

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      • Feb 10, 2016

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      • Nov 01, 2015

        Every now and again comes a film wherein all the characters are chasing something they want, and often that thing needn't be much of anything. So is the case here where we are introduced to several different types of folks, all in search of the same thing, in this case $2000, which may not seem like a lot now but back then was quite a lot. A nicely told tale.

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      • Oct 25, 2015

        An exercise in subtle, quiet, and poetic filmmaking, Slow West is a familiar western story done in an unfamiliar way. The film follows a teen boy, recently emigrating from Scotland, in search for a woman he loves. That woman, Rose, becomes that center of attention for numerous bounty hunters as her and her father become wanted over a supposed murder. First time director John Maclean gives an impressively mature feel to the film, which features a number of impressive performances, headlined by Michael Fassbender. He is able to find a unique tone of the film and stick with it, one that is matter-of-fact, oddly cold, and peculiarly disinterested with the triumph or failure of the characters. It's a movie that deals with themes of love and death, but in a nearly nihilistic way, with a sort of forlorn sensibility that permeates the story. There's fairly sparse dialogue, but some humor. It's a slow build, but also accented with moments of peak action. It's never dull, but Slow West is also never really enveloping. It borders on too detached; we don't feel tied to any one character. It's almost as if we're watching a documentary, we appreciate the realism, but fail to identify with the heart of the story. 3.5/5 Stars

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