Very well orchestrated and delivered, but my enjoyment level didn't reach many heights. Case in point, the film ends with a montage of different characters laughing, but every scene in which the characters laughed in the film was anything but funny. An ugly tale of ugly men. 3.5 stars
Pike Bishop: "We gotta start thinking beyond our guns. Those days are closing fast". He kows it already; the others only just feel it, but do not know exactly what the hell is happening around them. The end is coming. They are practically sentenced to death, because they cannot fight against technology. That's the core element. The rest is Sam Peckinpah at it's best: violence, bloodbath, shooting, showdown; action.
9 - One of the truest, most sincere portrayals of genuine amorality in the history of cinema. The cross-cutting technique employed by Peckinpah's editors and the wonderful, chaotic yet easy to follow action scenes that it enables remain impressive to this day. Peckinpah found beauty in the weirdest of places.
The western genre is usually indifferent to me, but there are some films you just can't hate. The gun fighting scenes in both Django and The wild Bunch are what I would call epic, The good ,the bad and the ugly might be the greatest (conventional) western...and there's El Topo which is something extraordinarily brilliant
Lo fascinante de "La pandilla salvaje" es el doble rostro de sus protagonistas, malhechores que durante el transcurso de la trama manifiestan tanto un perfil perverso como redentor. Algunos perjurando se aproxima su retiro dentro del crimen, cuando sin embargo no dan seña de ello. Es como si lo llevaran en la sangre, y esto se entiende en su escena final. La escena clásica: el rescate o suicidio por uno de los suyos.
the fascination came this time for a balance that Peckinpah holds in the pictures. They are brutal, beautiful, they carry this nostalgic disposition and they depict violence-inducted systems. And in all these ways, the film goes beyond a certain level, it itches, disturbs, engages. But it never loses it's track, it never becomes excess.
An eye opening journey into one of the biggest influences of modern cinema, Peckinpah's action sequences are nothing short of the visual equivalent of symphonic masterpieces. Unfortunately the movie is also bogged down by too many scenes spent watching the characters party and bullshit, making for dizzying highs and attention-challenging lulls in the film's pacing.