Rated PG · 101 minutes · 2011

Modern filmgoers are so used to sensory overload that not having a barrage of sounds and quick edits can almost make a motion picture seem boring. Some movies, though, should be quiet and spare. Meek’s Cutoff seeks to recapture the wide open Old West, and by and large, it succeeds. Adept at vulnerability, Michelle Williams steps into a stronger role as part of a lost expedition that is running out of time. An unrecognizable Bruce Greenwood is Meek, and though he normally doesn’t get leading roles, he’s very good here. And yes, the film is very quiet: There’s no dialogue for the first 10 minutes, and there’s not much interaction between characters during the first 40 minutes or so. Part of the problem is that there is not 100 minutes of story to tell. With more tension or conflict early on, this could have been quite good.
Official Site: meekscutoff.com
Director: Kelly Reichardt
Producer: Neil Kopp, Anish Savjani, Elizabeth Cuthrell and David Urrutia
Cast: Michelle Williams, Bruce Greenwood, Will Patton, Zoe Kazan, Paul Dano, Shirley Henderson, Neal Huff, Tommy Nelson and Rod Rondeaux


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Creative Loafing Atlanta Meek's Cutoff veers off the Oregon Trail Director Kelly Reichardt continues her exploration of wayward Americans by Wyatt Williams 05/13/2011
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Charleston City Paper Meek’s Cutoff is a historic horror film A haunting meditation on existence set in the Pioneer West of 1845 Oregon, Meek's Cutoff plunges you into a reality not your own but so tactile and vivid you begin to feel its sensations. by Felicia Feaster 06/15/2011
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