“Well, when you get to hell… don’t tell him.” – Sgt. James Shattuck
Number of Times Seen – 1 (20 Jul 2020)
Brief Synopsis – In the 1930’s a group of soldiers in the US Calvary must duel with their own consciences when they are charged with disposing of excess horses when the bureaucracy feels that there is no longer a need for them.
My Take on it – This is a film that I have been interested in seeing for quite a while, yet never had the opportunity to do so until now.
The premise is actually quite poignant and powerful yet unfortunately the story is presented in a lackluster way.
The characters aren’t developed well enough and with this kind of story, powerful characters are needed in order to keep it more interesting to watch.
Unfortunately, in this case, they seem far too superficial instead of men with a strong and meaningful purpose.
The plot has lots more potential than is realized here and that is quite a shame because with this kind of premise, one could find ways to make the story more poignant and impactful in all that it does.
The cast is quite good, but both Don Johnson and Craig Sheffer feels as if they haven’t been given enough to do.
The things that makes this film worth watching tho is the gorgeous cinematography that is truly breathtaking to watch.
This helps make this somewhat mediocre story more bearable and palatable to watch.
Bottom Line – Great premise that doesn’t let us care more about these character because they all seem far too superficial. The plot has so much more potential than is realized here which is quite a shame because they could have done much more to make things more impactful and powerful given the premise. The cast is quite good, but unfortunately, they aren’t given enough to do which hurts things a bit. The cinematography of this film is breath taking to watch and that helps make things much more bearable and palatable to watch unfold.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The movie is not actually based on a true story. It was based on a story that was told by cowboys to writer Dennis Lynton Clark. The cowboys were working on his father’s ranch in Montana during the 1940s. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)
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