The Past is Relevant in the Present
Good storyline incorporating much of our present prejudices and their roots in the superiority of western culture to all others. The relationship of these self-evident truths of the Western Expansion by European society on the current societal norms is laid bare. The ability of people to change their prejudices and move forward in life is an underlying theme that results in a powerful message. We too rarely faced the evils of Manifest Destiny, and the, "Whiteman's Burden," in such a critical and introspective manner. This story does that, but will not reach those who most need to understand and accept that underlying truth. There is one glaring fault in the movie that is technical rather than related to the message. Yet for one such as I, who am highly accomplished in wilderness trekking, it almost overshadowed the story. That was, one pack horse carrying enough gear and food for the entire party. The ratio of pack animals to people on a long term trek such as this was portrayed to be, is two pack animals per person, minimum! Otherwise, from clothing and equipment to firearms, it was a fairly accurate of a portrayal of the times and places depicted.