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on 24 August 2009
Good acting all around, convincible script and production, (but nothing to write home about). Plenty of action for all western buffs. A tadd too short for my liking with not enough space given to the character McNelly's past. It does tend to leave you wondering, what the.....did I miss something?, in some places as another reviewer has commented, nevertheless, mostly enjoyable.
Nice to see Randy Travis and Usher Raymond in this one.
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My initial concern about this film was that it might be another low budget western dud, of the sort that occasionally make it to DVD. These fears were allayed when I saw the names of Tom Skerritt and Alfred Molina in the cast. Surely actors of their caliber would not appear in some awful low budget dross! Thankfully I was right, and this film was much better than I had hoped for. Far from perfect, but not bad at all! The films release was delayed for a year whilst it went through numerous re-edits. It finally emerged in theatres with very little publicity and duly bombed at the box office, which was undeserved but a fate shared with many a decent movie.

The film is loosely based on the exploits of a real Texas Ranger called Leander McNelly, who is played extremely well in the film by Dylan McDermott. In the film McNelly is the leader of a tough group of Rangers who recruit men to fight back against the constant depredations of Mexican outlaws. This of course proves to be dangerous work, with far more outlaws than Rangers in the field. There is plenty of decent action and the acting is of a high standard. The production values are high, with filming taking place in such faraway locations as Alberta, Canada, and the much used Durango in Mexico. McNelly commands the screen well as the driven leader battling tuberculosis, his own demons, and a whole passel of outlaws. James Van Der Beek gives him solid support. Tom Skerritt's short screen time is not enough for him to demonstrate what a fine actor he is. Alfred Molina unsurprisingly gets to play the bad guy. Okay, it does play havoc with history, but this is forgivable in the quest for good quality entertainment. My main grumble is that I would like it to have been longer, but the people in the cutting room may have curtailed the ambitions of director Steve Miner. Whilst it is certainly no classic, it is a film that deserves to be seen by fans of the western who should enjoy it.
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A choppy mess! The changing of history is kinda irrelevant in films of this type, you tend to go in just wanting to be thrilled and tingled. Sadly this can do neither and can only light the fires of a youthful audience interested in the pretty stars on show. It's western genre movie making 101, MTV video style. There's no flow or reason for instances, the characterisations veer from possibly interesting to sideline dummies.

It was held back for release by the studio for two years +, and tinkered with by Jack the Ripper in the editing room, so it's hardly surprising it was a major flop and didn't even make enough money back to pay for the post party cakes. The action scenes are competently handled, but these are the rare bright spots on a dull nonsensical landscape. 3/10
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on 9 March 2009
A relatively formulaic western dealing with the early days of the Texas Rangers, which will endear it to every fan of the genre. The acting is convincing and the characters well drawn. There is plenty of action, with many superbly photographed set pieces. I enjoyed it very much.
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on 10 September 2007
This is a new movie about the old west in the same vein as The Young Guns led by Emilio Estevez.This bunch are led by the very excellent Dylan McDermott as a man with a past.Young Ashton Kutchner pops up as himself and does a pretty neat job as a man who can draw fast,but who cannot actually hit anything.This is brim full of what makes the West so WILD.Good movie.
alan butcher.
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on 16 December 2013
I found myself being surprised at how much I enjoyed this film. It is broadly based on the true story of the development of the Texas Rangers as an organization. There are plenty of shoot-em-up scenes which make for exciting viewing. It is very much a film for boys, both young and old - and most of us never really grow up when it comes to films like this. Recommended.
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on 8 June 2015
I caught the tail end of this movie on TV recently, I thought it was one I would like to have for my collection of Western movies. I was not wrong in deciding to buy it. Good plot line, lots of action and really enjoyable. If you like Westerns as I do, then perhaps it is one you may enjoy too.
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on 6 July 2013
Hubby like this film as he likes anything western or action movies...the prices and fast delivery from Amazon are great and I will continue to do my shopping for him there.
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on 1 November 2008
i bought this because it was fairly cheap and i do like Westerns. This may never reach the dizzy heights of classics such as The Searchers [1956] or The Good, The Bad and The Ugly - 2 Disc Special Edition [1966] but it does stand out as being a thoroughly enjoyable film.

What works well is the general plot and this is well written so much so that you begin to identify and warm to the various recruits as they become Rangers. What doesn't work is that they have tried to make a 3 or 4 hour film into a 90 minute film and at times your left wondering what happened here or there.

All in all this is a thoroughly enjoyable Sunday afternoon film.
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on 23 April 2016
thank u for sending this film to us we have watch it on very good film so thank u
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