Watched this last night...overall, I enjoyed it, but it's hard for me to name many spaghetti films I didn't like. At least a little.
I agree that some of the scenes were empty and a bit over the top. The opening scene was a good example. Nero turns his back a lot on ruthless killers, a practice that can't be explained in film or real life. If you remember the bar scene in Open Range, Duvall backs out of the bar and never turns his back to the corrupt sheriff and for damn good reason. It's as if Nero's character thinks he's invincible and repeatedly does really stupid shit. He misses opportunities for no apparent reason.
No one would allow their kid brother to be beaten by thug, even if you have your eye on a bigger prize.
The cinematography was enjoyable, although the landscape (as is the case in all spaghetti films) barely resembles the landscape it's supposed to take place in, but it doesn't matter. There are aspects to that part of Spain that's simply perfect for the films.
It seems like Nero is loyal, virtuous, committed to a code of conduct, but not so bright. Damn lucky.
Also loved the bad guy's name, Cisco Delgado. One of the best, I think. I mean, would you want your daughter to tell you she's dating a guy named Cisco Delgado?
I give it three stars. Middle of the road...obviously not as good as the best films and a notch below films like Companeros, a four star film.