Ed Harris co-wrote, produced, directed, and starred in the film. You have to want it bad to work that hard! Viggo Mortenson co-stars, and both actors do fine work. I can understand why some people didn't like the film... there are no special effects, nothing blows up, and cars don't magically fly three hundred feet through the air. Also, there are no impossibly-quick draws here, or heroes in the common understanding of the word. It is a western - it takes its time, like riding a horse, through a subtle plot. And it ends with someone riding off into the sunset. If you liked Unforgiven, Open Range, or are a fan of older westerns, then you will like this film... just sit back and enjoy.