In 1845, the earliest days of the Oregon Trail, a wagon train of three families hires mountain man Stephen Meek (Bruce Greenwood) to guide them over the Cascade Mountains. Claiming to know a shortcut, 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 face the scourges of hunger, thirst and their own lack of faith in one another'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 a natural born enemy.
a waste of 100 minutes of valuable time, and all because the people who made it did not see fit to give the movie an ending. no one should ever bother to watch it.
Director Reichardt(Old Joy,Wendy and Lucy)presents the story of settlers in covered wagons heading west in the 1840's in realistic but minimalist style.The pace is a bit slow and this film is not for all tastes.