West Of Thunder (2012)





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When eerie and inexplicable events, closely akin to the horrors that had been visited upon the Lakota people in recent years, begin to occur in the western town, everything seems to point to the newest resident, Henry Seed. Questions abound as to whether Seed is some sort of supernatural demon seeking retribution and revenge or if there is a more simple explanation for each of the occurrences. (C) Official Site
Drama , Western
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Critic Reviews for West Of Thunder

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Oddly absorbing, just not the way writer and star Dan Davies probably meant it to be.

Full Review… | September 25, 2012
Village Voice
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[It has] an unvarnished quality that remains curiously engaging.

Full Review… | September 20, 2012
Los Angeles Times
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Worthy of just a "meh". To start, I have to say that I don't grade indie films on a curve. They don't get graded less harshly than a big-budget Hollywood film, just because they have less to work with. West of Thunder has some interesting themes it deals with, and covers the fallout of a dark moment in our history. It's got a supernatural element/twist to it, which I really like. It's shot against a beautiful backdrop. That's really where my praise ends. It's so below average in nearly every category - writing, directing, acting, cinematography, production design. Writing: I noticed that the film continually comes back to the same things over and over again. It doesn't develop on a theme and add nuance, it just repeats. Directing: nearly every scene is a hard cut to two people sitting down talking. That's all this movie ever is or aspires to be: talking heads spouting off just enough information to push the narrative along. Acting: they got a sun-burnt white guy to play a Native American. And the supporting roles and bit parts aren't much better. Overall it has about the acting quality of your typical small-town theater troupe. I could go on, but it would just be beating a dead horse. On a narrative level, this movie is all over the place. On a technical level, it's poor. It doesn't feel eclectic, like say a "Pulp Fiction" or "Buffalo 66", it feels undisciplined. And that's really what you get by watching this - what feels like a few film students going out with a $100K and making a movie. Sadly, I would suspect the positive audience percentage is the cast and crew up-voting their own film. For everyone else, consider this review and look for something better to watch.

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