This is a modern western with very traditional western roots. There have been quite a few lower budget westerns made in recent years of very varying quality. Some like the hopelessly inept "Defiance" have been dire, whilst others have been decent efforts to breathe new life into a genre that refuses to die out altogether. It seems there is still an American market for these films, and a few diehard overseas fans as well. This one falls in the pretty decent category. Whilst not in the same category as so many older westerns, this one is a game effort. Peter Coyote is the archetypal gunslinger out to help the good guys, and pretty women of course, trying to run a saloon and keep law and order against the outlaws who have taken control. Its the eternal struggle of good versus bad, and the bad guys are very naughty in this film. Heaven forbid they even use the F word a lot! They also fail to give due respect the fairer sex, which is simply unforgiveable.
There is plenty of decent action and Peter Coyote is more than adequate as the gunslinger Cole Brandt. Veronica Diaz is fun as a very wicked lady gunslinger and William Shockley is good as the George Armstrong Custer looking villain. The film lacks some decent location filming which embellishes so many westerns, but makes up for that in gutsy action. We have saloons, horses, bad guys, good guys and a few thrills and spills. Thats good enough for me! Unlike so many films the western does not have to be as intellectual challenging. Given its clearly limited budget this is a good effort. Lets hope for a few more like this. Three and a half rounded up to a generous four. Aint I nice!