|DVD The Righteous and the Wicked
Run time: 96 min
Director: Craig A. Butler
Writers: Craig A. Butler
Stars: Craig Myers, Billy Garberina, Justin Tade
Hobbs, a notorious wanted bandit, gets caught up in a violently competitive hunt for stolen cash when he finds out outlaws have robbed the local bank. While trying to get back what’s his he must saddle up to stop these outlaws leaving whomever stands in his way dead! Written by Elizabeth Obermeier, Marketing Manager
|Plot Keywords: antonyms in title, showdown, safecracker, horse, heist|
Release Date: 15 November 2011 (USA)
"Nobody needs the trouble but we all need the money." After a local bank is robbed a group of outlaws begin a chase to find the money. There is not much to say about this movie. Like most of the westerns lately it is flat, pretty boring and full of bad acting. This one is not as bad as most mainly because it is so boring and the acting is flat and emotionless there is really nothing to talk about. This one has quite possibly the worst "duel" gunfight scene I have ever seen it's almost worth watching just to see that. Overall, better then most of the newer westerns that have been released, but still for the hardcore western fan only. I give it a C.
This may seriously be the worst movie I have ever seen. There is no content! Everything that happens in this movie could be summarized in a single short paragraph. The dialog is horrible, the acting is worse, and everything happens at a snails pace. This may be the only western movie I've watched where you never see a horse run. A character commands the other to "get moving" and they respond by spurring the horse into a slow plod. Completely ridiculous. The "gunfights" in this movie even prove to be dis-interesting. I use the term cautiously as there are no actual gunfights included – they are, in actuality, executions.
I will give a spoiler alert, but, since i don't know what is going on in this movie, i am not really sure if it is a spoiler, or a mistake in the movie.
first, the plot summary has nothing to do with this movie. "Hobbs, a notorious wanted bandit, gets caught up in a violently competitive hunt for stolen cash when he finds out outlaws have robbed the local bank. While trying to get back what's his he must saddle up to stop these outlaws leaving whomever stands in his way dead! "
Hobbs is the leader of a gang that robs a mining office. No one ever hunts for the stolen cash. No banks get robbed. Hobbs never lost the money he stole, so he never had to try to get it back. Hobbs never tries to stop the outlaws, except for members of the gang who do not stick to his plan. No one stands in Hobbs's way, except for one gang member.
so, ignore the summary and watch the movie.
yes, it is a bad movie, reminds me of the spaghetti westerns. it looks more like a series of outtakes. It is a lot of fun noticing all the mistakes with riding horses, firearms, etc. in one scene, the guy riding the horse looks like he is trying to figure out what the reins are for. then he apparently remembers a Budweiser commercial and thinks he is driving a beer wagon with 6 Clydesdales. watch what he does with the reins. also notice the horse poop everywhere. in two separate scenes, two different guys check a hand gun and see that only powder was loaded. meaning the gun would only make noise and not fire a bullet. but, they looked in the gate, the bullet is in the other end. and, it was a cartridge style firearm . so, you cant load just powder. and he had the patch box on his belt for a muzzle loader. and the guy with the shotgun seemed to have 410 shells on his belt and was carrying a 12 gage. one gang member arrives by train with a lot of luggage. the luggage is never seen again. microphones were apparently placed everywhere because you hear every creak of the leather as they shift their weight in the saddle. even walking sounds like they have microphones in their boots.
if there is a plot, i could not find it. apparently, Hobbs gets a gang together to rob a mining office in an elaborate plan to distract the town's people and control the entire town during the robbery. however, while the robbery is being planed and executed, a mysterious man is tracking and killing the gang members. unfortunately, it is never explained why this man wants every gang member dead. revenge for Hobbs being in on the killing of a family many years ago is hinted, but never fully explained. It is also never explained why the mysterious killer kills those who he does not seem to want to kill. he seems to view them as victims, as getting involved with the wrong crowd. not everyone in the gang was a ruthless killer. why the mysterious man would want to kill those who never killed anyone, is never explained. one gang member runs off with most of the cash and no one cares. not Hobbs, or the mysterious man. when Hobbs is the last man in his gang alive, he just hangs out at his camp waiting for a bus or the tooth fairy or maybe he ordered a pizza. I mean, if my gang was dead , i had the stolen cash, and a mysterious stranger was trying to kill me, i would leave the area.
I think the funniest scene was when the mysterious stranger unties the gangs horses and he shoos them like you shoo a cat and the horses just look at him like " you are supposed to smack our butts or fire a gun to make us run". the horses just look bored and start grazing. a few minutes later the gang cant find their horses. also interesting in that scene is the very fancy leather strap the gang used to secure the horses to a bush.
This movie is so bad that it appears that Elizabeth Obermeier, Marketing Manager for Grindstone Entertainment Group who wrote the "Storyline" for the movie didn't even watch it. I don't blame her. She says that "Hobbs, a notorious wanted bandit, gets caught up in a violently competitive hunt for stolen cash when he finds out outlaws have robbed the local bank …" Hobbs actually gets killed by "Marion" before the credits even run and the rest of the Storyline is equally inaccurate. I think it is for another movie. Marion is a completely undeveloped character in the movie who wanders around killing off one of the most inept gangs I have ever seen in a western for a reason we never learn. He does it in a deadpan manner that can't even get the attention of the horses standing beside his victims when the shots are fired. It is obvious that the actors have very little skills riding a horse and, in fact, it appears some of them have never been on a horse before filming this stinker. Lionel sits on his horse holding the reins like he was behind a plow and nobody breaks into a trot let alone gallop. It is hilarious, I am sure unintentionally, to see the bad guys fleeing from the scene of their robbery at a plodding walk. But maybe it wasn't unintentional, maybe this was meant to be a comedy.