The bad guy dresses in all black. The good guy dresses in… a sky-blue great coat? This was the first of several indications that this film was not exactly what I’d expected. It was, in fact, much better.

Ed Harris is the guy in blue, the sheriff who helps our heroine, January Jones, in her quest for revenge against the bad guy. She never asks for that help, and she doesn’t really need it. Jones plays against type here, as a red-headed frontier wife who shoots better than her husband. Her color is purple.

The rest of the palette is muted and earth-tone, if not black or white. The story is nothing really new, but the script is good and everyone is on form. While the whole thing does sometimes teeter on the edge of camp, it never fully commits to that, and is a better movie for it. Recommended.

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