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O Matador
The Killer (2017)
Movie
  • Director:
    Marcelo Galvão
  • Category:
  • Writer:
    Marcelo Galvão
  • Cast:
    Maria de Medeiros,Diogo Morgado,Thaila Ayala
  • Time:
    1h 39min
  • Year:
    2017
A Brazilian western about Cabeleira, a feared killer living in the countryside of Pernambuco State in the 40's.
Casts
Credited cast:
Maria de Medeiros Maria de Medeiros
Diogo Morgado Diogo Morgado - Cabeleira
Thaila Ayala Thaila Ayala - Renata
Mel Lisboa Mel Lisboa
Phil Miler Phil Miler - Mr. Steiner
Will Roberts Will Roberts - Gringo
Etienne Chicot Etienne Chicot - Monsieur Blanchard
Marat Descartes Marat Descartes
Francisco Gaspar Francisco Gaspar - Geraldo
Paulo Gorgulho Paulo Gorgulho - Tenente Sobral
Allan Souza Lima Allan Souza Lima
Thaís Cabral Thaís Cabral - Soraia
Nill Marcondes Nill Marcondes
Igor Cotrim Igor Cotrim
Daniela Galli Daniela Galli - Fernanda

The Killer (2017)

The movie was inspired by a book called "o cabeleira", which is part of the cassical brazilian literature.

Gir
Gir
I remember when I saw my first Italian western the the shock of seeing the brutality, cruelty and violence that I was not used to in the Americans .Eventually I got used to it and enjoyed the Sergio Leones and no doubt the great Peckinpah was influenced by them. Seeing " O Matador" you realize it is one step further it is definitely more savage than anything you might have seen in westerns. There are references to "Seven Men from Now" and "Once Upon a Time in the West" which shows that they know and appreciate their subject. The story of Cabeleireira, the killer who is doing it for the stones is gripping and involving specially because of the environment, barren, and with poor, primitive towns. The only problem is the film moves too fast, and not too clearly giving you a hard time to follow it. Nevertheless because of its unconventionality I recommend it to those who like the genre.
Cobandis
Cobandis
If you like western movies, you gonna like this movie. You gonna see a little bit of our northeast, with a lot of violence. The Fx is not so good, but I think it is not a problem. Just relax and understand this is a very low production. For me, the best is the story line and the (unknown) actor with excellent role play. Just watch.
Orll
Orll
Intense, deep, brutal, yet sensitive, this amazing Western tells the story of "Cabeleira" a killer, born and raised in in a lawless countryside in the northeast of Brazil. Besides Cabeleira's fight for survival, we also get to know the story of other interesting characters, like Seven Ears, Sobral and the Frenchman. The impressive cinematography, intriguing storytelling, and a great performance from Diogo Morgado, as Cabeleira, as well as the performances from Brazilians and European actors, make this Western definitely worth watching! Highly Recommend!
Fenrikree
Fenrikree
Though it starts a bit slow, the plot draws you in. I was somewhat confused, when the film sort of bounced around, making it seem like a trilogy of stories being told. But they did a fine job of bringing everything together in the end. The only thing that wasn't clear, was whether they intend to make a sequel, the way it was ended, and what was the relationship between Antonio & the 2 boys. I also loved how unlike US movies it is. Showing how settlers survived in harsh environments by actually showing them killing animals, is sorely lacking in today's world
Weiehan
Weiehan
I'm a big fan of western movies, if you like Clint Eastwood movies, like High Plains Drifter or Pale Rider, you'll definitely enjoy "The Killer" (O Matador). The plot and the ending are amazing, it shows a little of the region Northeast, the poorest and most violent in Brazil at the time of the "cangaceiros", where justice was done in violence. The protagonist Cabeleira is literally a "cabra macho" wilder and man than any John Wayne movie. If you like western you will surely enjoy this movie.
Lynnak
Lynnak
The only reason to watch this movie until the end is Diogo Morgado, who's the anti-hero cave-man look alike. The western style is nice, and the amount of violence looks good for the kind of mood it's supposed to be. But the scenes are totally off, with no connection between them. The viewer can't bond with any character, and doesn't feel bad about the death of anyone. There's no suspense. The scenes happen quickly and are not smooth at all. It's a bad storytelling, told in the form of a narrator who starts to tell a story to two blokes out of nowhere, who are supposedly outlaws who threaten him if he doesn't tell some story.

Conclusion: You won't exactly feel like you've lost an hour and a half watching this, but it's no good experience either. You may like it if you really love old westerns.
Kefym
Kefym
Although occurring in northeast Brazil during the late 19th century/early 20th century, the story line could just as well occurred in the American West during the same time period. The look and feel of The Killer displayed an ethnic diversity that was surely present in the American West but never on display in any of our most noteworthy westerns nor spaghetti westerns. As usual and customary, the wealth is in the hands of the 1% Western Europeans and descendants who are driven by greed and status. They no more appreciate and accept their abundant cultural surroundings than native peoples could accept intrusion and control. A must see.
Jeyn
Jeyn
I watched this with 2 other friends who didn't think much of the movie.

But for me, everything was amazing.

The setting in the Mexican badlands, the time they took to put the grit into the costumes and backdrop, the acting, the dramatic story line.

It portrayed that place in a way I could believe even though it was an insane place.

I would agree that at times it did go too fast and new characters were introduced without warning.
Anarus
Anarus
It is nice that they spend so much on original content but they really need to up the budget for the people that greenlight these things. This movie is borderline Conan the Gunslinger, and has annoying narration throughout. The plot is OK, the production quality is fairly decent, even though the CGI gunshots are obvious. The dialogue, however, is very weak, and the acting not much better. I am have no idea why some other reviewers are saying what a cruel, violent, yet excellent and amazing movie it is. It is not like that - think of it and above average SyFy movie with a better than average budget.
Rleyistr
Rleyistr
While it could be called predominantly 'Leone-like', this brutal western has influences from all regions but still firmly sets a Brazilian tone for a new sub-genre. I say 'new' based on my not seeing an S.A. example before this. There are a few editing/story problems that may indicate a director's cut in the future, but they don't take away from the flow of the story. If you like exploring modern westerns, it's worth a look.
Manarius
Manarius
I was just amazed by this offbeat western from Brazil. I have subscribed to Netflix since one week now, and there is a batch of nteresting movies and series from all over the world, not available in DVD and on large screen as well. Hollywood and even America film industry would never give us such masterpieces, not this kind of unusual schèmes. of course it is not for all audiences, silly audiences I mean, those herds of sheep in search of ALWAYS the same schemes, where there is bad and good guys. Here, it is like TOM HORN topic, a sort of hired killer for a landlord - played here by a French actor - who suddenly decides to change his "behaviour". You deal with some supporting characters, and the story may not be always easy to follow, I admit. But I craved for this story. I am sure that on Netflix, I will find more of this kind.
Faebei
Faebei
A man with two sons sits down with two hombres and tells them a story of when the countryside was run by bandits. A brutish man named "Shaggy" raised by "Seven Ears" becomes the hired gun for the Frenchman. Blue tourmaline has become the cursed currency of the district. The Frenchman has people killed who won't sell him their land. This creates enemies and infighting among the killers in a plot that plays out quite well. The story doesn't have twists, but takes a lot of turns. Held my interest.

Guide: No swearing. Sex and nudity.
Getaianne
Getaianne
Made for Netflix movies in general, and Westerns in particular, seem to get short shrift from IMDb fans when casting their votes. Same story here, though some of the reviewers as I write this found the film to be excellent. I'm in the plus camp, I thought this was a decent Western, if that's what you can call it, because the action takes place in the Pernambuco District of Brazil in a 1910 flashback story. It's told by a modern day, young gunslinger of about twenty years old, but we don't find that out until the end of the story.

A few of the negative comments on the picture state that it jumps around and it's hard to follow. I've said it before and I'll say it again, some effort to pay attention to what's going on goes a long way. It helps too, at least in my case, to keep tabs on the characters as they show up with some notes, so I can keep a clear head when I write these reviews.

The story takes one through three generations of hired guns who, depending on their particular circumstances, wind up on either the right or the wrong side of the prevailing tracks. None of the principal players are 'good guys' in the classic Western genre sense, they're status may be determined by who they're working for at the time. Because the Frenchman, Monsieur Blanchard (Etienne Chicot), has a string of hired guns to take out entire families if they don't sell out to him, he's the nominal villain of the story. However when his main henchman, the self named Cabeleira (Diogo Morgado) refuses to kill women and children, Blanchard hires his last in line 'go-to' guy, The Gringo (Will Roberts), to take out Cabeleira.

By now I've seen and reviewed close to a thousand Westerns, so at some point I take the violence as a matter of course. For some, the blood work in this film may seem particularly violent but it's not over the top, and is principally focused against bad men doing bad things. There's a particularly evil looking 'cangaceiro' called Corisco/The Blonde Devil that looks like Satan himself who I don't see listed in the credits. That guy was just plain rattlesnake ugly.

Anyway, I thought the film was well done and the Brazilian setting, novel as it was, played like a rugged spaghetti Western. The finale wasn't much of a twist ending if one follows the story, but it was still cool the way Antonio took out the Miranda Brothers. Departing somewhat from his predecessors, Antonio (Vitor Giudici) rode off with not one, but two young disciples who would no doubt grow up as part of a long line of condemned men to take up the role of hired guns.
Quashant
Quashant
When I saw the title felt really excited, because I am a fan of the Sertão (translated as badlands) narrative. Well... This movie has a good technical quality, but wasted on bad acting. Also a very weak story, full of poor stereotypes. Very disappointing. I wish I could Un-watch.