A trailer for the nicely reviewed Meek’s Cutoff has finally arrived online and only a few hundred explorers died of dysentery in the process. Not bad.
Starring Michelle Williams, Bruce Greenwood, Will Patton, Zoe Kazan, and Paul Dano, the Oregon Trail western focuses less on fording your little guys across rivers and takes a realistic look at the monotony and suckiness of traveling via covered wagon. Greenwood plays Meek, a hired guide who leads three families to a supposed shortcut but may have sinister intentions. Or he’s just kind of a dumb-ass.
The bleak, non-sensationalized film really puts into perspective the struggles of our ancestors. In today’s modern world, it’s easy to take for granted the sacrifices that had to be made so that we can all smoke some of that really good Portland weed while watching “Tim and Eric.”