RIDE WITH THE DEVIL

1999 ***
Original Theatrical Version runs 139 mins.
Director's Cut runs 148 mins.

This civil war film tells the story of the Southern Bushwackers, vigilantes who fought near the North/South border. Nothing about this film makes it very special, but it's not exactly bad, either. The main reason I'd recommend this film is the performance by folk superstar Jewel. She does a fantastic job, and it's truly a shame that she doesn't act more often. Also, after watching this film, I've come to a conclusion: Jonathan Rhys Meyers single-handedly ruins every film he's in. Whenever I see him, I cringe at his face and his terrible acting. Ang Lee's direction is fine, the cinematography is good, the story is intriguing, even if it's a bit muddled. Overall, this is an uneven film worth viewing once.
Original theatrical aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (2.35 Research)
Rated R for war violence.

Starring:
Tobey Maguire + Skeet Ulrich + Jewel + Jeffrey Wright + Simon Baker + Jonathan Rhys Meyers + James Caviezel + Thomas Guiry + Jonathan Brandis + Mychael Danna

Based on the Novel "Ride to Live On" by
Daniel Woodrell

Screenplay by
James Schamus

Directed by
Ang Lee


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