The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada (DVD)

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The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada (DVD)

Tommy Lee Jones takes his second turn in the director's chair with THE THREE BURIALS OF MELQUIADES ESTRADA, the follow-up to his 1995 western THE GOOD...

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“Not one to be buried”

published 12/10/2007

ProVery well written, acted and great to look at.

ConsToo small to mention here

My husband put this on our DVD rental list and at first I was a bit dubious about it. I had only heard fleeting things about the film and for the life of me I couldn't remember whether it was good or bad so I didn't know wha to expect really. I have to admit that I was more than pleasantly...

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“Break for the border”

published 17/08/2006

Proa thoughtful look at cultural intolerance

Consnone

At a time when the world as at it most mistrusting in a cross cultural sense, with one secular or religious group suspiciously eying and pointing fingers at the next, this film, in many ways is well timed and very relevant. But with the focus on the middle east and 9/11 in films and on TV maybe...

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ProBeautifully filmed, powerful message

ConsDrags a little, sometimes confusing

Ranch hand Pete Perkins is not a happy man. His best friend and fellow ranch hand, the Melquiades Estrada of the title, has been shot dead by a trigger happy border patrol officer, Mike Norton. Now he wants revenge, but Norton's boss would rather brush the whole thing under the carpet. Perkins...

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Good

ProGritty Western

ConsSlow start

Every movie needs a twist. If the film is so-so, ambles on, and then delivers a neat and unexpected twist to round it off then it can be saved, even sneak into the good category, as is the case here. This classy and observant drama delivered that gentle subtle twist when required, topping off an...

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“The three burials”

published 31/01/2010

Prounique cowboy tale

Constoo wierd

Definitely one of the strangest cowboy films I've seen. Tommy Lee Jones played the part of a cowboy who goes slightly mental after his friend gets shot accidentally by a new border patrol agent. Out of a sense of loyalty to the dead cowboy Tommy Lee Jones tries to fulfill a promise he had made...

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Tommy Lee Jones takes his second turn in the director's chair with THE THREE BURIALS OF MELQUIADES ESTRADA, the follow-up to his 1995 western THE GOOD OLD BOYS. The action takes place on the border between West Texas and Northern Chihuahua in Mexico, which is a hot spot for illegal crossings. But Jones' movie ingeniously flips this dangerous yet all-too-common practice on its head, with a tale of a man hell-bent on crossing the border in the opposite direction. The journey to Mexico begins when Pete Perkins (Jones) uncovers the identity of a Border Patrolman, Mike Norton (Barry Pepper), who has shot and killed his best friend, Melquiades Estrada (Julio Cedillo). Kidnapping Norton and forcing him to dig up Estrada's body, Perkins straps the corpse to a horse, and informs Norton that he will be travelling with them to Mexico. Once there, they will bury Estrada according to instructions he gave Perkins prior to his death. Jones paints Norton as a mean-spirited individual; caught up in a loveless relationship with his wife, Lou Ann (January Jones), Norton's day job frequently involves him either exploding in a violent rage or idly masturbating over a well-thumbed copy of Hustler. The two men don't exactly bond on their journey, the wedge that's been forced between them being far too great for them to reconcile their differences. But Jones coerces a riveting tale from Guillermo Arriaga script, with a choppy chronology reminiscent of Arriaga's own 21 GRAMS. Comparisons to Sam Peckinpah's masterfully bleak 1974 movie BRING ME THE HEAD OF ALFREDO GARCIA are inevitable, although Jones' film has a tender edge that Peckinpah's nihilistic epic was never quite capable of reaching. A film that suggests Jones has a bright future ahead of him as a director, THE THREE BURIALS OF MELQUIADES ESTRADA is one of the most absorbing pieces of cinema to emerge in 2005.

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