1987. Directed by Alex Cox
A pure acid western out of time, Alex Cox put out this shotgun blast of a film in response to the Contra War (It was filmed during the war in Nicaragua).
The story is an inaccurate account of the filibuster William Walker who invaded Mexico and eventually named himself the president of Nicaragua.
What begins as a violent western commentary of manifest destiny slowly becomes a statement on the Contra War during Regan's presidency. Machines guns and automobiles appear randomly on the dusty streets of Mexican towns that are stalked by Walker and his unforgiving bands of Immortals.
The look and sound of the film are pure Cox. He focuses on the beauty found in the ugliness of lawless towns and cities that become the hunting grounds for those with egos large enough to believe they are in control. Ed Harris gives a tour de force performance as the titular character, embracing his hubris and narcissism with a dangerous respect.
In the end, it may not entirely work, and was the film responsible for putting Cox on Hollywood's black list. Despite this, one cannot deny the effort that went into this film, nor the serious heart of it's message for the world today.
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