Paul Greengrass’s handsomely groomed western saddles up for a visually arresting tour of familiar narrative paths in the company of a former Confederate infantryman (Tom Hanks), who agrees to take an orphaned 10-year-old girl (Helena Zengel) to her new home.
Cinematographer Dariusz Wolski relishes the changing light and earthy colour palette while composer James Newton Howard’s rousing score incorporates piano, banjo and guitar.
Hanks catalyses winning on-screen chemistry with luminous rising star Zengel, who possess a rare ability to convey inner turmoil without saying a word.
Centrepiece sequences including a mountainside shoot-out are orchestrated with brio by Greengrass, who is well versed in the slam-bang thrills of the Jason Bourne franchise.
This rodeo is a more sedate and contemplative affair, but thoroughly engrossing.
Rating: Four stars