1 April 2004 | AdemWeldon
Just another western fable.
Essentially this western is just another 'coat-tail hitcher' that so many other films in this genre frequent. However, it is evident that this film was shot in a matter of days, amidst a standing western set that, no doubt, was employed by others.
Although the production value is limited, the story is still treacherous as two rangers set out to disband a local posse. The narration is used effectively in the beginning to set up the plot. Unfortunately, this tool is used throughout the film, therefore alleviating any suspense. This is the biggest letdown, especially as the end nears, and the posse's mastermind is unveiled.
Some interesting camera-work in some bar sequences again prove that even the most modest of films can still retain qualities of originality of expression. The limited use of sound and music allow the film to inhabit 'noiristic' tendencies, but the use of day-for-night filters is disappointing.
The acting is adequate, but effective, despite the total lack of star-power. A distinct companionship is understood between Ryan and Vance, and Thomas Carr attempts to actualize their bond at the end with a silent pull-in to the famous 'Texas-Rangers service plaque'; a cheap way to enamor the brave, but dead lawmen.
I was lucky to catch this one of a rare 16mm print while in school, so I refuse to totally condemn the film. It is worth seeing if you are interested in seeing how quick westerns were literally thrown together, or you are simply a DIE-DIE-HARD western buff.
** (of ****)