Not Only a Let-Down Because of the 2 Popular, Acclaimed Actors...Defoe & Waltz, but...
Because it is Directed by 1 of the Best Writer-Directors of B-Movies with Style & Grit since 1975.
While Not a Household Name His Filmography is Filled with Writer & Director Greatness.
"The Warriors" (1979)..."The Long Riders" (1980)..."Geronimo" (1993)..."48 Hrs." (1982)...to Name just a Few.
He has Stated in Interviews that "Every Movie I make is in essence a Western".
Therefore when His 1st Film in 6 Years Arrives, only His 2nd in a Decade...it Stands to Reason that His Fans are Anticipated, also Noting the A-List Star-Duo.
This is NOT an A-List Film by any Measure. Shot on Digital, an it Looks-It, Choosing a Washed-Out, Reddish-Brown Sepia-Tone Appearance...A B-Movie it it is...But that Obviously isn't the Disappointment.
Hill has Flourishings in that World. A Master at it.
Walter Hill is 80 Years Old...Perhaps that's the Low-Down on this Let-Down.
Everybody Loses a Step with the Passage of Time, and it Seem Like this Film is an Indication that the Lightning that He Once Had Bottled Up, has Escaped.
And the Auteur is Left to Wing-It, and His Grip on the Thing that Made Him Great, is Weakening.
He Knows what to do with this Stuff to Make it Unforgettable Entertainment.
But Something in His Treatment of "Dead for a Dollar" is, at Least for Him, Misguided, Lackluster, Common, with Precious Little of the Walter Hill "Thing".
His Choice of that God-Awful Color Wash-Out has been So Overused in the Modern CGI Era as to Become a Constant, Annoying, Irritating, Cheat.
That Does Nothing for the Tone, after 5 Min, other than Prompting One to Say..."What Happened to Technicolor?"
Also, His Falling-Back on "Fade to Black", after Almost Every Scene, a Throwback to Commercial Television, is Another Atypical Walter Hill Miss-Step.
Nostalgic Fans of the Western and Walter Hill can Still Enjoy the Movie with the Right Attitude,
and that is..."Good Try Walter"...Glad You're Still Out There and Active, Now Give Us Something.