I haven’t traveled extensively in my lifetime, but I have been around a little bit, especially in the continental United States.  One of my least favorite places has been all of the Plain States.  The Black Hills were okay and it was fun to finally get out of Kansas, but they are mostly just depressing and far too flat.  The craziest part is that all these dusty little cities in west Kansas or South Dakota were the gun slinging towns with all the shoot-outs and the bank robberies.  The Wild West has ended up being the boring grain elevators stations across the middle of our nation.  It’s a strange phenomenon and now there’s a new movie out which examines the Wild West.

Starting this February 10th, now available on DVD from North American Motion Pictures comes a Wild West tale of redeeming one’s self and what it takes to get there.  Redemption is ready to ride out of your television screen and shoot up your living room with a story of murder and people.  Bring home this modern Western today!

Frank Hardin used to just steal cattle, but then he graduated to murder.  Now this tough cowboy is on the run from his past and is hiding in a run-down mining town on the Mexican border.  Then outlaws raid the town and slaughter a local farm family.  With no other options, the town relies on Frank Hardin to bring them justice and he finds himself saddling up for one last vendetta.  Yet will more killing finally bring him peace?  This movie stars Dustin James, Tom Noga and Ash Morgan.

The special features included in this DVD are an optional audio commentary from the director, a widescreen presentation of the film, a featurette about what it was like behind the scenes and a gallery of still photos from the movie.

I have to admit that I am getting tired of bad cinema.  This movie is just one more painful example of a compelling or at least decent story which was completely ruined by horrid cinematography.  The way it was shot made it exceedingly hard to distinguish one character from another, which is one of the primary sins any film can commit.  The movie relied on static close-up shots, almost as though they were afraid to try and show some motion.  I’m more than okay with a movie that takes risks and fails, but to just simply suck from start to finish is wholly inexcusable. 

This cinematic sin certainly cries out for Redemption.

This DVD is available at Amazon.com.

Nathaniel Jonet

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