Red Rock West

Red Rock West ★★★★

#15 of 30

Some of the movies that get labeled as modern noir, or neo noir, are just dramas or cop movies with a few noir touches, but this one, with a few minor alterations, could have easily fit into the canon. Down on his luck drifter, what looks like an easy score that goes all wrong, people that aren't who they appear to be, dangerous woman, scary, homicidal stranger, corrupt cop, fate directing the action, it's all here, and nicely played by everyone involved. This is a great double feature candidate for the Coen's Blood Simple, and was certainly inspired by that film. It's not a copy, but the situations are somewhat similar. This is the first installment of what I'll call my J.T. Walsh Trilogy. Coming up: The Grifters & The Last Seduction.

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