As John Cusack gets older, he is losing the boyish charm that made him the "go-to" star for romantic comedies, but he seems to be discovering a niche in playing bad guys. In this case, Cusack is a bounty hunter who comes to a small frontier town run by Evangelical zealots who don't allow drinking and whoring and make Irish Catholics - like the hero of the story, Patrick Tate - convert to Protestantism. Tate is the town undertaker and business has been bad since the Evangelicals took over.
However, when Cusack comes to town and finds a town desperately in need of whoring and drinking, he corners the market, and Tate's business begins to boom.
Needless to say, a reign of injustice spills over on everyone and eventually overtakes Tate and his family. This sets up the climactic showdown that all Westerns need.
The acting was good, as was the writing. Cusack brought his quirkiness to the role of a hardened killer. A problem with the movie, though, is that it was dark, spiritually but, more importantly, in terms of cinematography. A lot of the scenes involving Cusack were indoors at night and, accurately, the lighting options available to frontier towns were slim to non-existent. So, high marks for accuracy, but I could barely make out Cusack's face for most of the movie.
This was annoying, but all in all, it was not a bad movie.