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The Good, the Bad, the Weird - 4 out of 5
Take a western and set it in Manchuria during the 1930's and add in some awesome action sequences and really REALLY cool characters, you have yourself the South Korean Western film The Good, the Bad, the Weird.
The film revolves around three very different gunslingers. You got The Bad--a hired hitman, The Good--a bounty hunter and The Weird--a thief. The movie opens with The Weird robbing a train and then all hell breaks loose and you're instantly put on the ride of your life. The opening sequence alone with the train sets the bar for the film and it never stops delivering. The film continues as The Weird gets his hands on a treasure map that becomes the object of desire for not only The Bad and The Good but the entire Japanese and Korean army as well.
While the story may be simple, the characters are just fantastic and the action sequences are put together like a piece of art as they have a very unique flow to them. Also, the action sequences are long--but never to the point they get tedious and boring. With action sequences as good as this movie delivers (and it brings them to the screen with some tight editing, awesome camera work and great music) the simple story doesn't hamper the movie. But then again, not all films have to have a complicated story--in fact, sometimes when an action film's story has too much going on, plot points can be forgotten. Isn't that right, The Expendables?
The Good, the Bad, the Weird is one of those unique action films that mixes genres to make something that is truly entertaining and original. I highly recommend checking this film out and it more than deserves a 4 out of 5.