5 Amongst the best WesternsROYDYBR | 17/05/2008 | See all ROYDYBR's reviews (10)Anyone who has had the opportunity to read my review of "The Searchers" will realise that I have called the John Ford classic the best western ever made, Whilst I stand by that I believe "The Wild Bunch" comes a close second. The story of Pike Bishop and his "bunch" is a story of a West that is dying, The year is 1914 and the world is on the brink of war,The Motor car is king and modern technology is taking over from the horse and cart. This is a world that the wild bunch has trouble understanding. The movie itself is framed by two incredible orgies of violence. The start of the movie begins with an ambush on a railroad payroll where no innocent bystanders are spared and ends with a suicidal bloody battle at Mapache,s camp.Violence in the Wild bunch is slow and balletic, Blood runs plenty and freely throughout, but to review this movie and only refer to the violence is an insult to the memory of Sam Peckinpah. This is a western that intends to destroy any myths created by the old school westerns, There are no good guys and bad guys, No indians, No morale message, No easy answers and No love interest (Not unless you count Angel's girlfriend who he dispatches without haste midway through the picture) This is a western that is hard through and through, An era when men were men and life was short.Must see!