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Raoul Trujillo as Eugene in Clearcut
Raoul Trujillo as 'Eugene' in 'Clearcut'
Raoul Trujillo as Eugene in Clearcut

Film Review: Clearcut (1992)

Plot Summary:

When a lawyer (Ron Lea) loses an appeal to stop a logging company from clear-cutting Native American land, Arthur, an Indian militant (Graham Greene) drags him and the kidnapped logging mill manager into the forest.
The lawyer's empty talk about how the company's greed should be punished is put into brutal action by Arthur, who tortures the manager in allegorical ways mimicking what loggers do to the forest.

Empire Magazine #40, 1992

An odd Deliverance-inspired drama giving typecast "good Indian" Graham Greene (Dances with Wolves) a rare chance to play a Native American psychopath.
When legal attempts to prevent Evil Whitey Corporation from ploughing a road through tribal land fail, Greene kidnaps the boss of the company and his own liberal white lawyer and drags them into the forest for some fun and torture.
Greene blows the bland white actors off the screen with his underplayed, good-humoured madness, especially relishing the chance to skin the capitalist and commune with nature.
It might have been more fun without the spoilsport lawyer along to insist that all this revenge isn't the way a society should really progress, but it still has a lot more meat in it than most walk-in-the-woods action movies.
* * * (3 stars)
©Empire, 1992