Director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, The Equalizer) builds up an intense sense of tension that plays out throughout the film. He gives us those classic scenes that are well known in Westerns such as those suspenseful stare-downs or traditional quick-draw shootouts. Moreover, I also appreciated how Fuqua didn’t neglect the actual cultural issues that were relevant in 1879. Fuqua didn’t go overboard like Quentin Tarantino by constantly dropping N-words to remind you of the racist climate. Instead, you still get subtle reminders that there’s still some racial tension present.