Upon drifting into a troubled Western outpost and discovering that the helpless locals are being terrorized by a ruthless rancher and his brutish hired hands, two rugged, straight-shooting peacemakers decide to stick around and put things right in this Western adapted from the novel by Robert B. Parker and directed by Ed Harris. Bragg (Jeremy Irons) is a rancher who believes himself to be above the law, a stance that's forever cemented when he guns down the town sheriff and his deputy in cold blood. Horrified, the defenseless townspeople pray for the day a savior will arrive in town to free them from Bragg's suffocating grasp. Soon thereafter, Virgil (Harris) and Everett (Viggo Mortensen) stride into town atop two mighty steeds, their confident presence signaling the beginning of a new era if the locals will only grant Virgil the complete power he needs to bring Bragg to justice. After pinning on his new badge, Virgil appoints Everett his deputy and ushers in an era of uneasy peace. Later, a woman named Allison (Renée Zellweger) arrives in town and catches Virgil's eye, prompting a die-hard renegade to consider a calm life of domestication. As Virgil's feelings for Allison grow, both begin to wonder if a life together is truly in the cards. Meanwhile, a temporarily subdued Bragg begins to display signs that he may not be finished with this town just yet.~Jason Buchanan
Commentary woth director Ed Harris and screenwriter/producer Robert Knott
Additional scenes with selectable Ed Harris/Robert Knott commentary [in High Definition]
Corral of 4 insightful featurettes: Bringing the Characters of Appaloosa to Life; Hictoric Accuracy of Appaloosa; The Town of Appaloosa; Dean Semler's Return to the Western
I really enjoyed this movie, perhaps because I grew up watching Westerns in the 60s. It seemed fresh today, when digital FX spectaculars are the norm.
Viggo Mortensen's character, Everett Hitch, was particularly interesting and gritty. Ed Harris turned in a good performance as hired gun Virgil Cole. Renée Zellweger seemed an odd choice for the role of Allison. Not her best work, in my opinion.
If you're looking for a thrill a minute, this film is not for you but if you can slow down and watch a pretty good horse opera, Appaloosa is a good choice.
I saw this in Netflix and put it in my que. As soon as I saw it, I knew it was a movie I wanted to add to my collection. Very well directed, acted and written. It has a good mix of action and drama. I wasn't sure I would like Zellweger in the movie, but she did a good job. Have always like Mortensen and Ed Harris. Both were superb in their roles. Jeremy Irons played the 'villian' really well. It's a good old fashion western with a great story. I really enjoyed the interaction of Mortensen and Harris. Their loyalty to each other is what makes the story. If you're a fan of westerns, give this one a look and you won't be disappointed. Was very happy to find it at Best Buy for $8!
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review
This is just like an old John Wayne movie. It's pretty slow moving, but it is worth seeing at least once. Besides 310 to Yuma this is the only Western that has come out in a looong time, so I recommend getting it if you like Westerns.
Do not listen to the previous reviewers who have posted on this film. This movie does follow a classic narrative style for westerns and as such is slow moving and less action-centered. I was expecting a 3:10 to Yuma (which is a remake), or a film that expanded the last 15 minutes of Open Range into a whole movie, but what you get instead is a slow, but rich neo-western. Just avoid the preview as it sets the film up as being a shoot-em-up. Otherwise the film is worth watching for the die-hard western fan.
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Ed Harris should have directed this thing to a trash can. It's the first western chick flick I've ever seen. The whole thing is boring, stupid and too predictable. What a piece of junk. There is no action, unless you call riding around in circles on horseback action. There's definately no suspense, it's almost impossible to even stay awake thru the whole thing. No wonder it went straight to DVD, there's not enough room in theatres for all the beds you'd need to accomodate viewers. The premise is as old as the hills and poorly done at that. The dialoge is stiff and forced because it is so inane and poorly written. Jeremy Irons as the "bad guy?" PLease I"ve seen petunias that were tougher. Renee Zellweager as the damsel in distress stinks out loud. Don't waste your time or money, watching grass grow is far more exciting and doesn't cost anything!!!