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June 2nd, 2010 | Movie Reviews & Stories
 

The Good, The Bad, The Weird

     
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Hyperkinetic and goofy as all hell, The Good, The Bad, The Weird blasts through the Manchurian desert like a bounty hunter gone bananas. Like Takashi Miike’s labored Sukiyaki Western Django, this Korean film cribs lovingly from Sergio Leone with its story of three very different, very violent brigands vying for a long-lost treasure map in the 1930s. Director Ji-woon Kim recognizes the familiarity of his homage as an opportunity to forgo exposition in favor of impressive tracking shots and extended trains-vs.-motorcycles-vs.-horses clusterfucks lasting up to 30 minutes. It doesn’t all work—CGI undercuts the film’s stellar stunt work, while the tone shifts can befuddle—but the majority of the film is a rowdy joy. 91 Cinema 21.

 
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