Sweetwater (Blu-ray)

Posted in: Disc Reviews by J C on December 30th, 2013

(out of 5)



  1. Aaron
    03/24/2014 @ 10:38 am

    What stands out?

    The evident love and affection between Sarah and her devoted husband (a Mexican).

    The racial hatred of Prophet Josiah. The film gives insight as to how he discerns the will of the Lord (tearing through the pages of the bible) and his love-hate relationship with God. He appears to be a rereading of the Mormon faith.

    The rape scene (off camera) is utterly out of place. Nothing leads toward it or away from it. Puzzling.

    Cornelius Jackson, for all his craziness, does do some very crafty detective work. This is the first time I’ve seen this so carefully portrayed in a Western. Is he the hero in the film who rescues Sarah? Unclear.

    And what are we to make of Sarah burning all her clothing in the night? Is this a starting over or a suicide prelude?

  2. John Ceballos
    03/24/2014 @ 12:39 pm

    The point about Prophet Josiah is definitely interesting.

    But I don’t agree about “the evident love and affection between Sarah and her devoted husband.” To me, a few shots of them huddling around a campfire early on don’t really sell me on their deep connection. (And neither does Jones’ acting after Miguel is taken out of the picture.)

    In the end, I just think this movie had the potential to be better than it ended up being.

    Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.

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