Blueberry (2004) -* * *
Directed By: Jan Kounen
Starring: Vincent Cassel, Michael Madsen, Juilette Lewis, Ernest Borgnine, Eddie Izzard, and Colm Meaney
Blueberry or "Renegade" (U.S. DVD title) is an interesting movie but it will give you a headache. Vincent Cassel plays Mike Blueberry, who is the Marshal for a old western town. Michael Madsen co-stars as his nemesis Wallace. Juliette Lewis plays Maria, who falls in love with Mike.
Also appearing in Blueberry: Ernest Borgnine, Eddie Izzard, and Djimon Hounsou. They all do a good job, with Madsen standing out as the bad guy. Lewis sings (poorly) but does get nude towards the end. The movie is overshadowed by almost non-stop CGI effects. The climax between Wallace and Mike is one the weirdest things ever. They both drink peyote and have hallucinations. All these hallucinations will give you a headache.
There is also some unintentionally funny dialogue like "Animals are beasts, but men are monsters"
It's a different type of movie and it's worth seeing once.
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Yeah, 'Blueberry' is a mixed bag. I was expecting more of a standard western. You know, guns, shootouts, and so forth.
Still, it has beautiful cinematography.
So much peyote, not enough gunfights!
Yeah, this is a great underrated gem. Sure, it's a little slow paced but it's got some great performances (Cassell and Madsen) and some truly weird sequences. I love that the final confrontation isn't a classic quick draw but some bizarro drug trip.
The ending felt quite similar to 2001: A Space Odyssey. Also, just watched the lousy Jonah Hex the other day - which had a similar idea with Brolin and Malkovich fighting in the real world and the "nether" realm.
If you get the chance, check out Jan Kounen's other film Dobermann.
Totally agree with your comment. Also Jonah Hex was a dud. It should have been like Crank, but it was more like Lightning Jack.
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