Meek’s Cutoff brings us back to 1845 and the time of the beginning of the Oregon Trail. This is a setting you do not see very often in movies, except maybe Dances With Wolves. You are in the middle of nowhere, traveling to hopefully a better place and life. The cast includes Michelle Williams, Bruce Greenwood, Will Patton, Zoe Kazan, Paul Dano, Shirley Henderson, Neal Huff, Tommy Nelson, and Rod Rondeauxn. Official Synopsis:
The year is 1845, the earliest days of the Oregon Trail, and a wagon team of three families has hired the mountain man Stephen Meek to guide them over the Cascade Mountains. Claiming to know a short cut, Meek leads the group on an unmarked path across the high plain desert, only to become lost in the dry rock and sage. Over the coming days, the emigrants must face the scourges of hunger, thirst and their own lack of faith in each other’s instincts for survival. When a Native American wanderer crosses their path, the emigrants are torn between their trust in a guide who has proven himself unreliable and a man who has always been seen as the natural enemy.
Meek’s Cutoff is in theatres April 8, 2011. Check out the cool movie poster.