Tom Selleck plays Matthew Quigley, the cowboy hero in this traditional Western, set very untraditionally in Australia. After some macho silliness in the opening minutes, the story settles into a surprisingly evocative tale of Quigley, a sharpshooter who had come to the country to work for a land baron (Alan Rickman) and who is on the mend after a brutal attack. In the company of a woman (Laura San Giacomo) abused by that same baron, Quigley gets his strength and his shooting skills back while healing in the midst of aboriginal people as well as some stunning Australian settings. Director Simon Wincer (Phar Lap) brings a lot of integrity to this rare horse opera from contemporary Hollywood. --Tom Keogh
Tom Selleck has always been a favorite of mine from the old Magnum P.I. days. He turns in a good performance in this film as a post Wild Wild West gunslinger with a conscience. While the early settlers of Australia did mistreat the aborigines, it is a bit of a stretch to think that someone would go so far as to hire some one to eradicate them. That aside the preformance of all the leading people was good. I liked it.