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The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada

The three burials of Melquiades Estrada

2005 Directed by : Tommy Lee Jones

The directorial debut of Tommy Lee Jones follows the story of a young violent border patrolman who kills an innocent Mexican worker by mistake, and his subsequent kidnap and journey to lay his victim to rest in his homeland.

I've been looking forward to this film for some time, Tommy Lee Jones is an actor I greatly admire, so it was with genuine intrest that I sat down to view his directorial debut.
Although I enjoyed the film, I felt that the praise lavished on it by certain critics was slightly undeserved.
There is a lot to recommend, strong performances from Tommy Lee Jones and Barry Pepper as said border patrolman, a great story and script with some breathtaking cinematography.
My main complaints were that the film's direction was slightly disjointed, and certain random shots were used that added nothing to the film and just seemed out of place.
However as a first stab at directing, these are minor quibbles in what was for the most part an intresting and well made film.
There are certain scenes that are macabre and those of a sensitive nature probably wont enjoy, there is some graphic violence and some nudity as well, but for the most part it is a story of retribution and redemption.
A slow burn movie, big on performance that is worth persevering with.

Rating 3.5/5