Sorcerer

Sorcerer ★★★★½

Fitzcarraldo or The Wrath of God as a grimy crime thriller; an open wound smeared with oil and dirt. Tangerine Dream in lieu of Popol Vuh; the natural world of the teeming jungle in lieu of one made of concrete and steel. It is a relentlessly bleak and remote look at colonial exploitation with a bunch of defeated and exiled outlaws finding themselves right at the heart of it all. Have patience with the way the film opens like a series of violent vignettes, because the plot swiftly converges into an apocalyptic "one last job" scenario like a white-knuckle mine cart ride into hell. The momentum of it all is subdued, constantly smoldering, occasionally explosive — literally and otherwise. This film is merciless.

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