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After decades of revisionist westerns, this drama by TV veteran David Von Ancken is impressive for its stubborn classicism. Pierce Brosnan stars as a trapper in the Pacific Northwest who's wounded by rifle fire in the opening scene and spends the rest of the movie running for his life; the posse chasing him is commanded by Liam Neeson, who's determined to avenge the crimes Brosnan committed as a Union officer in the Civil War. This may not be traveling anywhere new--the plot recalls Budd Boetticher's Seven Men From Now (1956), cinematographer John Toll's romance with the horizon inevitably references John Ford, and the sun-broiled climax is lifted from Greed (1924)--but Von Ancken keeps it hurtling down the tracks. R, 115 min. a Century 12 and CineArts 6, Pipers Alley, River East 21

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