Director: Geoff Murphy
Stars: Emilio Estevez, Keifer Sutherland, Lou Diamond Phillips, Christian Slater, William Petersen, Alan Ruck, James Coburn, Balthazar Getty, Viggo Mortensen
You know how horror purists scoff at the entire Twilight franchise? Well, we're guessing that's pretty much how old-school Western lovers felt in 1998 when Young Guns premiered. Sergio Leone by way of Tiger Beat, the ensemble gunslinger pic starred a bunch of late '80s heartthrobs (including Kiefer Sutherland, Christian Slater, and Charlie Sheen) and presented a glossier version of those vintage Clint Eastwood flicks.
Passable, if not indubitably shallow, Young Guns at least didn't embarrass itself; the same can't be said for the sequel, however, which found ways to make the first movie's problematic script seem like a masterwork that the late, and great, Sam Peckinpah would've approved.
More so than in Young Guns, the actors look like a crew of pretty boys playing dress-up on a set that touches all of the Western genre's anticipated visual cues (a saloon, a whorehouse). In the end, cowpokes, that's just shootin' blanks