(Review originally written at 10 January 2007)

This movie is one of the first narrative shot movie, with scenes that all add up to each other and are used to tell a story with in a linear way. Quite unique for early 1900's standards. Back in that time period, only short sequences were always shot, mostly documentary style. It was never really used as a tool to tell a imaginary story with.

It however is not just one of the very first narrative movies but also one of the earliest, if not earliest Western-movie.

The storytelling is really great, though the story and movie itself is absolutely simple. It's just basically about a bunch of bandits who rob a train and the passengers on it. Is the movie itself really that good to watch? I don't think so. It's very simplistic but it remains interesting to watch nevertheless because the movie gives you a feeling, for the entire running time, that what you're watching at the moment is unique, revolutionary and historically important, for the further influence on the future of modern cinema. In that regard this movie is a great classic must-see for the movie lovers- and buffs.

The movie is fast paced with some action as well. The movie features a chase and a couple of gun fights, with a great classic last shot. It makes the movie perhaps more spectacular to watch than you at first sight would expect, from a movie made in 1903.

Really not the greatest classic movie to watch but historically very interesting and unique and for that reason an absolute must-see.


About Frank Veenstra

Watches movies...writes about them...and that's it for now.
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