slimekat’s review published on Letterboxd:
A classical epic for modern times, an American battle of factions and battle of the interpersonal.
Michael Mann explores his fascination with dysfunctional people breaking under the weight of their fascination and dedication to their skills, by expanding this character type into a roster. You see multiple iterations of the strokes Mann is obsessed with, clashing and melding with themselves.
The tensions of command and the contrast of hierarchy of relationship power dynamics AND social power dynamics ? Jesus y’all.
This is essential western film canon.