#27 Red Rock West

# 27 Red Rock West
Year: 1993
Director: John Dahl
MPAA Rating:
Epic Co-stars: Dennis Hopper, Lara Flynn Boyle, Craig Reay, Dwight Yokum
Running Time: 98 mins
Cage Time: 99%
Cage Kills:
Cage Flip-outs: 4 
Skyler's Review: 
This movie was absolutely great. If you are even thinking about watching it, you should: drop what you are doing, stare at the Nic Cage one-handed push-up 10 times, and go plop this movie into your DVD player. You will be entertained.
I mean, look at him doing those push-ups; he is the definition of masculinity.

This is my daily workout too. I drive out into the country, take my shirt off, and do many one handed pushups.

Dr. Cage plays a ex-marine drifter named Michael who is looking for work. His friend finds him some, but Michael writes on the employment form that he has a bum leg. This man has principles, and won't bend on them. They won't give him the job, so he goes looking for work in Red Rock, Wyoming. Once he gets there, he goes to a bar, and the bartender mistakes him for "Lyle from Texas," the hitman the barkeep hired to "take care" of his wife. 

Michael is always buying gas.

Michael doesn't correct him, and takes the money and the job. The rest of the movie is full of plot twists and Michael is continually tested with more and more tempting offers to see if he will bend his principles a second time. Everyone has their price, what is Michael's?

We were generally enthralled for the entire duration of this film. Nic Cage in tight jeans and cowboy boots looks like a god. Martine dreams of straddling Cage while doing one handed pushups. There is a PG-13 sex scene with Nic Cage where it clearly looks like his dong is on screen. We thought "No way! This has to go on the internet!" and backed up the DVD and watched the scene again. Then in slow-mo. Then we finally paused it on the frame so we could get a good look. It was his belt buckle, sorry folks. We know that would be gold for all you Cage fans. But one wonders, if we had to do all that to identify his belt buckle, was strategically placed there on purpose?

Dennis Hopper is not happy with Nic Cage's driving.

In conclusion, this wasn't just one of the best Cage films we've seen, is was one of the best films we've seen, period.

Movie quotability:
  • "Does that tickle?  Because it won't if I pull the trigger."
  • "Fuckin' story of my life..."
  • "What do you say we put a cap on the HORSESHIT?!"
  • "Why don't you just blow me."
  • "You want it?  Go get it."

Plot Holes:
  • Nic Cage doesn't just take the $5,000 and leave town.
  • Nic Cage drives with no headlights.
  • Letter to the sheriff?  Give me a break...
  • 125 lb woman can consume endless amounts of alcohol and never get drunk.
  • Belt buckle strategically placed in shadow to look like Cage's dong.
  • All graveyards are filled with ominous mist and smoke.

Exceeds Expectations
!Stayed in the Cage!


Steve M said...

They should have just called it "Red Rock" because that and Cage letting cash slip through his fingers are the two reoccurring themes. Did Cage escape Red Rock? He'll be back. Did Cage get his hands on some money? He'll lose it.

My greatest annoyance/hole was the empty gun on the train at the end of the movie. Sure, Lyle pulled the clip, but there was still around in the chamber. That's so glaring to me that it dwarfs the common cliche of cocking a gun over and over to show someone you're serious about shooting them. Any ways, probably just something that bothers me.

Not the best, not the worst, not the slowest moving, and certainly not the fastest movie plot. Smack dab in *yawn* territory. Oh wait, I did perk up for the scene with Dwight and his music with the closing credits.

KaBluie said...

#12 Red Rock West (1993) First Time View. I liked it.

Unknown said...

Totally gonna watch now

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