December 31, 2013.

This blog is now closed. After three years and 311 posts, I have decided to end this blog. I have enjoyed watching the films, reviewing them, and interacting with global readers.

If you are interested in contacting me, you can do so by commenting on any of the posts. The blog will remain live on the web.
Thank you to all the readers for your comments, ideas, and thoughts. They were helpful, stimulating, and enriching. This is Alene, signing off.

December 14, 2012

Dawn Rider (2012)

When it’s over, where's the grit?  This is a poor remake of John Wayne’s 1935 film of the same title.  After his father is gunned down, John Mason (Christian Slater) is determined to find the killer, who is hiding among his most trusted friends.  The emotional aspect is completely non-existent.  Examples - when John’s father dies, he hardly shows any grief, and yet, he is determined to avenge his father’s death;  and when Alice’s (Jill Hennessy) brother is taken to prison, she doesn't shed a tear, even though they are close siblings.  The whole film is packaged wrong, beginning with the casting.  Slater does not look like a weathered man on the run from the law.  Hennessy does not look like a woman living through hard financial times.  Donald Sutherland hardly passes for a fast shooting Pinkerton detective. Sutherland is in only a handful of scenes, which immediately tells me that he is cast for promotional purposes.  Lousy story, flat acting, and lack of authenticity to the time period make Dawn Rider a major disappointment.  

My rating: 1.5 out of 5

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