Red Rock West

1993

Action / Crime / Drama / Thriller

10
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 95%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 92%
IMDb Rating 7 10 17498

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Nicolas Cage as Michael Williams
Lara Flynn Boyle as Suzanne Brown
Dwight Yoakam as Truck Driver
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by videorama-759-859391 6 / 10

A too slick product in the red

Mr Dahl is a filmmaker who makes movies, I really like. He's made his score of road movies, and I love the backdrops in his film. In what is his first Indie cinematic film, Kill Me Again, prefore, I get the feeling he's outdone himself, but not for the better. True, he has pulled off something slick, but there are too many similarities and coincidences. Penniless drifter Cage arrives in Red Rock, a real nice locale, buzzing with activity (joke) I wouldn't mind visiting, where he's mistaken for a hit-man, by bar owner and sheriff (Walsh). Of course, if your a begging state of affairs, you naturally take the money, as Cage so conveniently does, assuming the role. But obviously from these scenarios, what ensues isn't good, as stolen money is dead money. He's being payed to kill Walsh's beautiful wife (Laura Flynn Boyle) but he of course, has other ideas, and if you haven't seen it, you have a good idea of where this well and tight structured plot to film, heads, with a couple of twists. I couldn't really swallow how Walsh could just make this stranger out as the one, he's paid to kill his wife. Is his bar that empty during week days, or does Cage have the hit-man look? Every performance, big or small, impresses, notably Boyle and Hopper as the real larger than life, hit-man, lapping it up as another morbid character, where again, with Walsh, we realize what a talented and important actor we lost. I also liked Timothy Carhart's performance a lot as the tall suss deputy. He was the badarse in Beverly Hills Cop 3. His tooth pick chewing partner too, is done solid by Dan Shor (Black Moon Rising). Of course, Hopper steals every scene. Being honest, the least best performance was Cage, as I've seen better from him. He's still quite good here. Still like other Dahl films, it's entertaining from start to finish, but I could run off a string of better films he's made. I just feel it didn't carry enough clout.

Reviewed by adonis98-743-186503 8 / 10

Very good film..

When a promised job for Texan Michael fails to materialise in Wyoming, Mike is mistaken by Wayne to be the hit-man he hired to kill his unfaithful wife, Suzanne. Mike takes full advantage of the situation, collects the money and runs. During his getaway, things go wrong, and soon get worse when he runs into the real hit-man, Lyle. Red Rock West really surprised the hell out of me and Nicolas Cage was really great the same goes for J.T. Walsh, Lara Flynn Boyle and Dennis Hopper who i believe did a great job just like he did with Speed and as the film went on we got more character development and more twists and turns now it does have some small issues with a bit of the start it took some time to get into a certain point where we could care about the characters but also the 3rd act became kinda over the top at times but overall great film starring Cage who really stole the show for me.

Reviewed by Blake Peterson 8 / 10

A Smoky Hidden Gem

Small towns in the middle of nowhere are made for the movies. To onlookers, a city like Red Rock would be a quaint checkpoint under the umbrella of a long-winded road trip, perfect for a pit stop and a quick bite to eat. Stay there too long, though, and you'll find yourself desperate for entertainment, money, love, and more. Maybe that's why the characters in Red Rock West are so cold-blooded.

When the film was first introduced to audiences during the Toronto Film Festival in 1993, it was immediately well-received, a neo-noir praised for its uncommon quality. Distributors weren't as smitten. When its domestic rights were sold to Columbia Tri-Star, a theatrical release was out of the question. "The film doesn't fall neatly into any marketable category. A western film noir isn't something people can immediately spark to," the head of the marketing department of Polygram declared. So it was disregarded, branded as a cable and direct-to-video product. It was shown on HBO seven times in the fall, but the small-screen, after all, is certainly not a distinguished place for a movie to be shown, especially one that should be taken seriously.

But just as things could not have gotten any worse, they suddenly became better: When Bill Banning, the owner of San Francisco's famous Roxie Cinema, saw Red Rock West for the first time, he disagreed with the distribution it was receiving. Surely, the film had an audience. And after a year of trying to secure the rights, his faith in the film paid off; it became such a box-office smash at the Roxie that it eventually was given a proper limited release, becoming an art-house favorite within a few weeks.

Normally, I wouldn't go so deeply into the backstory of a film that came out more than 20 years ago, but as of 2015, Red Rock West still feels like a classic waiting in the wings, desperately wanting to be discovered by another Banning. Even after all the ruckus it made throughout 1993- 1994, it remains a hidden gem, deserving to sit on the same golden throne that Blood Simple currently lounges on.

A drifter in the same caliber as John Garfield in The Postman Always Rings Twice, Michael Williams (Nicolas Cage) finds himself in the city of Red Rock after failing to acquire a promising oilfield job. When he stops by a local bar to wash away his sorrows, he is confronted by the owner, Wayne Brown (J.T. Walsh), who mistakes him for a hit-man he hired to kill his wife, Suzanne (Lara Flynn Boyle). Michael is young and stupid, so when Wayne offers him an eye-grabbing stack of cash, he fails to correct him that he's actually Michael Williams from the Navy, not Lyle from Dallas.

Being the nice guy that he is, he breaks into the Brown home, hoping to warn Suzanne that she's in grave danger. But when the real hit-man (Dennis Hopper) shows up, Michael finds himself tangled in a net of lust and sin that can only end badly. And it surely doesn't help when he becomes romantically involved with Suzanne.

In the ashen throes of the film noir genre, there is almost always a recurring feeling of déjà vu; once you've seen a disciple with a drifter, a femme fatale, and a shady husband mixing it up, you've probably seen them all. Film noir has hardly changed since its peak years (the 1940s and '50s), yet it has maintained a startling freshness in the same way comic books have. You may have experienced every storyline possible, but the way those story lines are told, with hard-bitten cynicism and dark alleyway peril, have infinite allure.

Red Rock West is a consistent delicacy, a greatest hits album of film noir adventures. Look at the way a cigarette dangles on Lara Flynn Boyle's kissable lips. Look at the way Dennis Hopper handles his gun, like a detective flying off-the-rails of his sanity. John Dahl is a director who knows his movies — after only a few minutes into the film do you get the sense that Murder, My Sweet and Raw Deal are not just B- movies to him, but cookbooks, its recipes lingering in the cinematography and the writing.

Red Rock West isn't without its issues: Music plays when a scene should be strictly silent, destroying any tension waiting to be had, and it would have been interesting if the film had explored Michael and Suzanne's relationship as thickly as Walter Neff and Phyllis Dietrichson's. But two minor flaws can hardly deter the success of a film as striking as Red Rock West. Ignoring the disconcerting violence that plagued the majority of '90s independent neo-noirs, the film is deliciously old-fashioned and deliciously stylish.

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