Mysterious woman (Millie Perkins) hires two men, former bounty hunter Willet Gashade (Warren Oates) and his slow witted friend Coley (Will Hutchins) to accompany her to a town located on the other side of the desert. The group is followed by slick gunslinger (Jack Nicholson) who seems to want to kill them all. The woman never says her name or why she's following someone. For some reason, she is out for revenge.
The story is quite simple with some not so obvious twists. There isn't much backstory of the characters and not much dialogue, but actors (especially Warren Oates and Jack Nicholson) fill the parts enough substance to make them interesting. Millie Perkins is also good as a woman who is targeted only to complete her mission without showing any remorse or sympathy towards her companions. It is very easy to start hate her. The slow burning tension is in the air throughout the film when characters battling with desert and with themselves. The haunting musical score lays the veil of never ending threat over the head of Willet and Coley.
'The Shooting' has been called Kafkaesque western, existential western and the very first acid western. I agree with all these statements. Thanks to well balanced and wonderfully composed tracking shots and disorienting close-ups together with mystery the 'The Shooting' feels more like a (acid)trip. Revenge story works on many levels because there aren't much exposition - the motives of all the main characters remain hidden until the very last minute of the film. The film tricks us even with its climatic but ambiguous abrupt ending that is much more straightforward when to think about it - one of those rare moments where confusing ending actually answers to more questions than it raises.
Action / Western
Action / Western
An ex- bounty hunter turned miner returns to his mine dig to find one of his partners dead, how brother has run away and the remaining partner is slightly simple and unclear as to what happened. warren is enlisted by a mysterious women to take her across the desert. The woman is strange and keeps changing her story about what she wants and why. On the journey they pick up a gunslinger the woman has hired. The party ends up tracking a rider who is ahead of them. Warren figures out that the trip is really to track down the rider. It's along hot trip across the desert with a purposeful woman,a homicidal gunslinger, the former bounty hunter and his simple sidekick and the unknown quarry.
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