Excellent acting with a gruesome, bone chilling story.
It's sad so many didn't get the story. It's message is a full throated defense of Western Civilization's mobilizing influence.
A town is invaded by a primitive group, killing a stable boy, stealing horses, and abducting a drifter who'd trespassed on their land, a Deputy and the woman treating his wounds (Lili Simmons), inflicted on him by the Sheriff. The Sheriff (Kurt Russell), his aging backup Deputy (Richard Jenkins) the woman's hobbled husband (Patrick Wilson) and a townsman named Brooder (Matthew Fox).
They are all excellent, Russell and Fox especially.
The storyline is about people risking everything for something greater than themselves. They rescue the woman, Samantha O'Dwyer (Lili Simmons) and, in the process eliminate the threat to the town.
In essence it is the message of that famous short work, titled "A Message to Garcia," which is, that determination to do a job is more important than almost anything else. As the story noted, "A Message to Garcia
Some one said to President McKinley, “There is a fellow by the name of Rowan will find Garcia for you, if anybody can.”
"And they found the one named Rowan and he was sent for and given a letter to be delivered to Garcia. How “the fellow by the name of Rowan” took the letter, sealed it up in an oilskin pouch, strapped it over his heart, in four days landed by night off the coast of Cuba from an open boat, disappeared into the jungle, and in three weeks came out on the other side of the Island, having traversed a hostile country on foot, and delivered his letter to Garcia — are things I have no special desire now to tell in detail. The point that I wish to make is this: McKinley gave Rowan a letter to be delivered to Garcia; Rowan took the letter and did not ask, “Where is he at?” By the Eternal! there is a man whose form should be cast in deathless bronze and the statue placed in every college of the land.
It is not book-learning young men need, nor instruction about this and that, but a stiffening of the vertebrae which will cause them to be loyal to a trust, to act promptly, concentrate their energies: do the thing—“Carry a message to Garcia.” He delivered the message. "
It's sad so many overlooked the meaning here.