26 January 2008 | dbborroughs
What could have been a good recreation of the road to Teaxan independence is ruined by a poor script and pervasive cheapness
Earnest but laughable attempt at telling the story of the battle of the Alamo and what lead up to it.
Made on the cheap the film looks at times little better than a filmed high school production. The script is overly melodramatic, the result of trying to get in too much passion and romance into the story of the founding of Texas. To be certain the film has some nice moments, scenes in the Alamo the night before the attack have a good sense of being there, and there is a conviction (too much at times) in most of the performances that made me think with a better script and more money this might have been something.
The problem is that the film is cheap with stock western sets and costumes used in many scenes, It all completely falls apart in the final attack when it seems like ten guys in funny hats charge the deserted walls of the Alamo again and again. I know there was no money but did they really have to make it clear that there was no armies either? I'm guessing that the extras played both sides (or some of the footage was lifted from a cheap silent film), which is understandable, but the result is its the Texans fall to a phantom army. Its much too silly.
Not worth bothering with, unless you have a strong attachment to all things Alamo or are some one who needs to see every "western" 2 out of 10.