Variation of Yojimbo that is more a shoot-em'-up action film (with Walter Hill going all John Woo-like bullet-ballet and shit) than that Kurosawa film, akin to a meaner, less tongue-in-cheek version of A Fistful of Dollars. Yet, it's still the same simple bare-bones story that only has the 'cool' factor of its action scenes, but there's no real investment in them. It's as good as its influences, but not better.
With a $67 million price tag, the box office failure of this film put a damper on Bruce Willis' Hollywood clout and effectively derailed Walter Hill's career. It's not hard to see why this movie failed to connect with audiences and yet I can't help but love it. Walter Hill directs with an almost comic book-like sensibility, crossing Sam Raimi's love of unconventional camera placement with John Woo-style shoot-outs.
Hill's not great with motivation and works best with actors who come with screen presence, but the man knows action set-pieces. Last Man Standing is the quintessential Hill film because I don't care about anything that happens around the totally amazing gun fights and I don't think Hill does either.
A pulpy shoot 'em up gangster movie that stay true to the 1930s gangster atmosphere of the novel even if it is inferior to the other more liberal adaptations. Christopher Walken do another memorable villain role and the femme fatales are great, but the movie is ruined by bland dialogue and Bruce Willis' lifeless and indifferent narration that feels like an afterthought. Take it away for atmospheric music instead.
Omaggio a Kurosawa da parte del grande Hillone,che non raggiunge le vette della versione leoniana ma riesce comunque a sfornare un western-noir di assoluto livello,con una messa in scena sporca e polverosa e sparatorie degne del miglior Woo.Willis-Eastwood regge,anche se è molto più bastardo e molto meno ironico,e la voce fuori-campo accompagna il tutto alla grande....pellicola di ottima fattura. Grande Walter.
Este híbrido de western con cine negro y "mobsters" me pareció, sencillamente, brutal. Walter Hill dirige con gran pulso y oficio, no sólo las salvajes secuencias de acción (esos magníficos tiroteos y esos cuerpos volando por los aires), sino también las de carácter más calmado, siempre con sequedad y evitando concesiones. La música de Ry Cooder me pareció potente.