John C. Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix, Jake Gyllenhaal, Riz Ahmed, Rebecca Root,
Director: Jacques Audiard
Running Time: 122 minutes
Certificate: 15 - gory images, strong violence, language
“Erudite, visceral and chuckle-worthy, this western is based on Patrick deWitt’s novel and starts out as the story of two gun-toting, chalk-and-cheese brothers, only to become more mysterious.”
- Charlotte O’Sullivan, Evening Standard
“It’s a measure of the four exceptional central performances (from Reilly, Phoenix, Gyllenhaal and Ahmed) that the film remains so engaging in spite of its narrative digressions and moments of very bleak violence.”
- Geoffrey Macnab, Independent
“Dialling down the book’s humour, Audiard brings a rugged authenticity to proceedings, with rote brutality punctured by glimmers of humanity.”
- Emma Simmonds, Radio Times
Jacques Audiard (A Prophet, Dheepan) makes his first English-language film with this revisionist Western set in 1851. Eli (John C. Reilly) and Charlie Sisters (Joaquin Phoenix) are brothers and assassins, on the trail of a chemist (Riz Ahmed) who has a formula that can highlight gold in rivers.
A detective (Jake Gyllenhaal) is hot on his trail too, but delivering him to their boss the Commodore (Rutger Hauer) will be less than easy.
Adapting Patrick deWitt's bestseller, Audiard's film glimmers with wry humour, punctuated with bloody reality, echoing the way Robert Altman and the Coen Brothers have put new life into the Old West.