The Legend of Hell's Gate (2012)
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A muddled story, poor dialog, too many characters who serve no purpose, and pacing that drags till near the end. There are some very talented people in the cast but they are saddled with unrealistic, overblown lines. This is based on a true story about as much as The Wizard of Oz is based on the fact that they did have scarecrows in Kansas during the Great Depression.
140911: What was the point of this story? Seems to lack direction. Sort of about John Wilkes Booth, aka John St. Helens, having escaped the law and living a guilt filled life. Sort of about a gangster and a wrongly suspected thief trying to escape the law. Features Indians and a mountain man, and a widowed farmer and his family. Strange little story but very good production quality. Just not really sure what it was all about, or what the hell the point was.
Tanner Beard, the director, started this as an ambitious project but somehow managed to dilute this take on the allegedly true story so much, that became insignificant. There is a good Western hidden somewhere but not many people would bother because there is so many other useless things going around which grab your attention and waste time going nowhere. Beard, the writer, spent more time developing characters which are disappearing around the story than building a story itself. Beard, the actor (stars as Irish never-do-well James McKinnon) never shows why would we accept him and follow him - while the bunch of other classic spaghetti Western-style group of antiheroes, men who normally would have nothing to do with one another but who are thrust together by circumstances beyond their control - are all doing their own thing. I could not fault the acting under circumstances, especially in the last part when finally picks up the pace, but by then it's too late. Uninspiring and without strength and conviction!
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|Will Edwards:||"...and I will go through the gates of Hell before I let those Indians take me down."|
|Will Edwards:||...and I will go through the gates of Hell before I let those Indians take me down.|
|James McKinnon:||(in requards to whiskey) "At first it taste like you're dyin'... then it's Christmas mornin' for the rest of the evening."|
|James McKinnon:||[in requards to whiskey] At first it taste like you're dyin'... then it's Christmas mornin' for the rest of the evening.|