Ang Lee, the director of Sense and Sensibility, Eat Drink Man Woman and The Ice Storm, directing a Western set during the American Civil War may seem an unlikely marriage of man and material. The director's sensitive touch has paid dividends on previous films, but a Western needs action. Well, the good news is that Lee directs some beautifully conceived and executed action sequences in Ride with the Devil. The sensitivity has not been abandoned and personal relationships are given a thorough exploration in this interesting, off-beat Western. This well written action drama only suffers from a lack of more action. In part, you miss the action because of how well it's been handled.
Maguire, who worked with Lee in The Ice Storm, is a
wonderful young actor who invests his characters with innocence
and integrity. Jake Roedel,
the protagonist of Ride with the Devil, is no exception
to the Maguire rule. When Jake is swept up by the forces of war
from peer pressure, he becomes part of a renegade band harassing
Union troops. While others of the group are slowly
dehumanized, Jake learns more about becoming a man and what sacrifices
to make for right and survival.
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