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The Killer (O Matador)

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Excellent but extremely violent, bloody Brazilian Western.

Movie NR 2017 99 minutes
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This is an excellent movie with clear nods to the revised Westerns of Sergio Leone and Sam Peckinpah. These nods come in the form of the grandeur of the epic story, the overall style, and especially the violence. This is certainly not the sanitized death of Gunsmoke. The violence is graphic, bloody, and brutal. And yet, while the violence has these qualities, these qualities are fitting to tell a story of Latin American greed, lawlessness, and colonial exploitation, however hard to watch the violence can be.

There are times when the influences of the above-named directors start to feel almost heavy-handed. But those kinds of nods to the past are to be expected and even welcomed in Westerns. It's part of the canon, part of what connects the genre. Nonetheless, it bears repeating: The Killer is extremely violent, and those hoping for the expansive vistas and clear-cut good versus evil of perhaps a John Ford-style Western should look elsewhere.

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