Texas Rangers [Blu-ray] [US Import]
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Nice to see Randy Travis and Usher Raymond in this one.
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
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.
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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This is an excellent film, and worth watching. It gives a gritty example of how life probably was in those days, particularly for the Texas Rangers. Read morePublished on 8 Jan. 2011 by Shirley