Westerns most certainly aren't dead.Although those Young Guns movies certainly didn't help things.
But this isn't a movie with a Sheen or an Estevez in it. No sir.
Clint Eastwood, the director, recovers nicely from the debacle of The Rookie (featuring, ironically enough, one Charlie Sheen) in telling the story of gunslinger William Munny(Eastwood) who hangs up his guns for married life as a pig farmer. Wife dies, and Munny is approached by a young guy (Jaimz Woolvett) who wants to take revenge on a couple of guys who slashed a prostitute's face. So Munny straps on the guns again, picks up a sidekick (Morgan Freeman) and heads into town. Problem is, Little Bill Daggett (Gene Hackman, in an Oscar winning role), a gunslinger-turned-lawman, ain't gonna let that happen.
Violent, but really good, this movie brought Eastwood back to the forefront as both a filmmaker and an actor. It didn't hurt that he surrounded himself with such a strong supporting cast or a script from David Webb Peoples (writer of Blade Runner). Strong performances (especialy Hackman and Eastwood) here, too.Well, you sure killed the hell outta that guy.