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In the late 1800's, a beautiful former prostitute (January Jones) is trying to build an honest life with her husband in the rugged plains of New Mexico. When she catches the eye of a sadistic and powerful religious leader (Jason Isaacs), her life is violently turned upside down. She embarks on a bloody course of vengeance with the assistance of a renegade sheriff (Ed Harris) who has violent tendencies of his own.
"Sweetwater" tells the story of a former prostitute, Sarah Ramírez. Sarah, the prostitute turned good housewife just wants to start over and live a normal life but after her husband if killed by the self-proclaimed prophet Josiah she decides to take revenge on Josiah and his gang.
Story wise this is a pretty simple film, its basic plot makes it easy to follow and you do not need to do a lot of thinking here but it is one of the better westerns I have seen in sometime.
There is a good bit going on in the film right from the start as we are introduced to everyone in the film including Sarah, the evil religious leader and a lunatic for a sheriff. It takes the film almost a hour for the revenge phase to kick in but after it does there is one killing after another all the way to the end. As I already mentioned before the plot is pretty simple so to talk too much about what happens would only ruin the film for those wanting to see it so I am not going to spoil it for anyone here.
"Sweetwater" is a fun, good old fashion revenge flick, it is somewhat like "Dirty Harry Meets True Grit." It has brutal violence, its over the top performances and just the right amount of humor to make it a solid and entertaining piece of cinema. It is too bad it never got a bigger push in theaters but it is nice to see it has arrived on home video so everyone can see it. Production wise the film looks and sounds fantastic and the cast which includes, January Jones, Ed Harris and Jason Isaacs deliver outstanding performances as does the entire supporting cast as well.
Available now on DVD and Blu-ray with Special Features that include:
The Making of Sweetwater
Cold Grey Light of Dawn by Hudson Moore
I highly recommend this to any fan of westerns, the film just gets better as it moves a long. It is a fun, brutal and very satisfying revenge flick that left me wanting more.
Released by ARC Entertainment
**** Out Of *****