Reviews

The Oysterman Weekend

3

As final films go, The Osterman Weekend isn't the CV fullstop that Sam Peckinpah would have wanted. A schlocky adaptation of Robert Ludlum's conspiracy thriller, it tries to distract from a bumpy plot about the hunt for a double agent with various sideswipes at TV culture and its cast of stars (Rutger Hauer, John Hurt, Burt Lancaster, Dennis Hopper).

Still, it's not without flashes of brutal genius, a Straw Dogs-echoing domestic siege and a precisely choreographed gun-versus-bow'n'arrow shootout serving to remind us of what The Wild Bunch director was once capable of. Play it, Sam... Just don't play it again and again.

Film Details

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  • UK Theatrical Release Date: May 1st 2004