3 April 2002 | pamspamla
The wrapping was better than the package.
This is no gussied up Western. Everyone and everything seems to be coated with a fine layer of dust. It portrays a rather bleak, spare environment with its characters manifesting a Darwinian "survival of the fittest" attitude.
What should have been the strong core of the movie proves to be its greatest weakness -- the two brothers and their relationship. Neither is developed beyond a shell. There is no one to root for in this film. Even an anti-hero has at least one redeeming quality to gain our sympathy but the title character has none. The minor characters are more fully realized and "human."
Did I mention the violence? More ammunition is expended here than in the entire Afghan conflict.