SHE TURNED TO HER PAST TO PROTECT HER FAMILY.
When her husband (Noah Emmerich) comes home with bullet wounds, Jane Hammond (Natalie Portman) teams up with a neighbor (Joel Edgerton) to fight a criminal gang. A troubled production eventually brought together director Gavin O’Connor and Edgerton (who both worked on Warrior (2011)) and they’ve staged a traditional Western where revenge must be exacted. Focus lies on Portman’s character, however, and as the story progresses we learn more about the tragic experiences that shaped her. The action is exciting, but on the whole this is conventional stuff with a happy ending that feels somewhat forced.
2016-U.S. 98 min. Color. Widescreen. Produced by Natalie Portman, Terry Dougas, Aleen Keshishian, Scott LaStaiti, Mary Regency Boies, Zack Schiller, Scott Steindorff. Directed by Gavin O’Connor. Screenplay: Brian Duffield, Anthony Tambakis, Joel Edgerton. Cast: Natalie Portman (Jane Hammond), Joel Edgerton (Dan Frost), Noah Emmerich (Bill ”Ham” Hammond), Rodrigo Santoro, Boyd Holbrook, Ewan McGregor.
Trivia: Lynne Ramsay was originally hired as director, with Michael Fassbender and Jude Law in two of the leads. Bradley Cooper was allegedly considered for a role.