In marshal Virgil Cole and deputy Everett Hitch's line of work, you shoot quick, you shoot clean and you reload straightaway. No feelings. Feelings get you killed. Paired as rivals in A History of Violence, Ed Harris and Viggo Mortensen stand together as friends and for-hire peacekeepers Cole and Hitch in a character-driven, bullet-hard Western based on Robert B. Parker's novel. As the woman who arrives in town with only a dollar and a keen sense of survival, Renee Zellweger adds feelings - those things that can get you killed - to a quest to bring murderer Randall Bragg (Jeremy Irons) to justice. Blood will spill in the town called Appaloosa.
I had not appreciated how unfashionable the Western genre was until I watched this. Why? Well it is all about bravado and mysogamy, dusty horses and whiskey. There are superheroes and desired dames, is it so different from Bond or so many others? I think it that the Wild West is not a reality easy to identify with. I haven't watched a Western for a long while and although this is a good one I won't watch another for a while.