Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Tom Blair, Kristi Hager, Robert Ernst, Kate Dezina, Phillip R. Brown
Director: Jon Jost
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama
While on a rite-of-passage hunting trip with his son, egocentric entrepreneur Wes suddenly realizes that things may be slipping out of his control. He takes charge in one swift and stunning moment of violence, leaving the ... more »
World Artists should be ashamed of themselves...
Jeff Nalwalker | 03/16/2003
(1 out of 5 stars)
"This is absolutely the worst DVD I own. The actual film is quite good but for this release World Artists chose to transfer from a video source and the results are close to unwatchable. The image is dark and murky throughout and the poor quality is especially damaging during shots of what are supposed to be beautiful Utah landscapes. I cannot imagine Jon Jost would approve of this."
Break-out performance by Robert "Bob" Nalwalker
Jeff Nalwalker | Portland, Maine | 03/10/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Jon Yost may have done it again. Bob Nalwalker is a fresh new actor that will be hard to ignore. His gritty performance as "the sheriff" will leave you breathless. Yost obviously uses Nalwalker as a touchpoint that beautifully ties this movie beginning to end. The humanity he brings to his role is a clever counterpoint to the ramblings of "Wes" played masterfully by Tom Blair. Rural life has never been depicted in such a real yet disturbing manner. Yost sets the viewer free and provides ample time to digest the poignant theme. Fade to black editing is as cutting-edge as it is primative."
Thomas Tsang | New York, NY USA | 07/31/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Sure Fire" is a compelling story about Wes a hunt obsessed entreprenneur living in a small town of Utah. I particularly liked this film because of its pain's taking attention to detail and it's beautiful saturated color photography. I've seen this film both on the big screen where it is a treat and more recently on video where it still works very well and kept me glued to the screen right to the end. It will serve as a great introduction to Jon Jost's work, for this is one of his more accessible and popular pieces, being very dramatic and plot driven. The end will come to you as a complete shock and surprise. Above all this a film about the America we never have a chance to see usually, centering on both the business and family crisis' that effect our main hero Wes, convincingly and chillingly played by the ever versatile Tom Blair. You'll be watching it not just for the great performances and ensemble playing, notable aswell are the creative visuals where landscape becomes an integral part of a classic American story. There's also an affecting and powerful sountrack by Erling Wold.Fans of the American outdoors and all types of lowlife will have a ball watching this film, which is why this film has quickly become one of my personal favorites in my video collection"
Fine, disturbing study of cultural decay
Jeff Nalwalker | 04/22/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a an excellent low-budget film about a controlling, possibly psychotic Utah businessman and his eventual meltdown and the way it affects his already tenuous relationship with his family.
Interesting in the way it portrays middle America as a place of extreme spiritual and emotional corrosion. Blair is very, very creepy in the lead. Similar in many ways to Michael Haneke's films in that the focus is extremely narrow and the director's primary statement seems to be about cultural decay. This is definitely not a film one would watch to be "entertained". But it is quite powerful."