3.5 out of 5 stars
Splicing into The Searchers the DNA of Texas Chainsaw Massacre (with a soupçon of Predator), and the end result is this B-Western with good production values and a wonderfully watchable cast made up of TV character actors (Fargo, Banshee, Lost) and Kurt Russell. The genre based script is smart, simple yet intriguing. A talk and anecdotal-heavy middle section is almost comedic as the 4 men riff off each other with MVP Richard Jenkins stealing almost every scene he opens his mouth, until the gruesome and gory, horrifying and realistically rendered finale takes over for a thrilling watch between your fingers. The pedant in me would point to two spoilerific contrivances, so best not to dwell upon here but suffice to say they are forgivable under the circumstances. Less forgivable might be the underlying Christian conservatism and the worrying portrayal of Indians as savages though lip service was paid to tone this down. Still, it is an original and wildly engaging piece of entertainment that breathes new life into an old genre that I am normally not a fan of.