Sorcerer ★★★

I like this pretty well, which is about the reaction I had with The Wages of Fear (Review).

It's shot well: rough and solid and piecewise, with the earthy tones and nature's mess front and center.

All the acting is believable and the set design is excellent, particularly that jaw-dropping bridge scene.

The theme here seems to be the futility of man's struggle, and that's conveyed emphatically.

That said, I have a hard time connecting with any of these characters, who are somewhat thin despite their backstories. And the relative singularity and constancy of the conflict and its straightforward nature make things a little uninteresting.

I like the ending better here. It's still sadistic, but it's no longer silly.

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