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Cast: Chad Michael Murray, Francesca Eastwood, Frances Fisher, Luke Wilson, Teri Polo
For seasoned outlaw Henry and his gang of bandits, a high stakes bank heist turns bloody when they kill a U.S. Marshall in the process. With one of the largest bounties in the history of the American West on their heads, they make their way south and invade the home of a seemingly innocent and unsuspecting frontier family for refuge. As an unexpected game of cat and mouse ensues, this twisted tale leads to seduction, role reversal, and ultimately revenge.
"Outlaws and Angels" tells the story of a gang who rob a bank and kill a Marshall while doing so. One the run they decide to take shelter by breaking into the home of an older couple and their two young daughters. Hot on their trail is a group of bounty hunters looking to cash in.
"Outlaws and Angels" is an enjoyable Western that starts off really good. As the film opens we get to see the gang robbing the bank and we get to see an innocent woman shot through the eye from a stray bullet. This brutality continues through the rest of the film but I wish there was a bit more of it. The characters are well written and you easily feel for them in one way or another especially the two young girls in the film who don't have the home life we think they do at first.
There is a good amount of drama and tension in the film as well during the gang's time spent in the family's home. One thing I thought was wrong with the film was the pacing at times. Around halfway through the film I felt it got a bit boring with a lot of talking and not much else happening but it quickly got out of that funk and was steady the rest of the way. The film also offers up a few twists as well that keeps you engaged the entire time.
The cast was another thing that made the film as good as it was. Everyone in the film did a great job but for my money the best performances were by Chad Michael Murray, Francesca Eastwood and Luke Wilson. The film looks and sounds great and production wise the film makers did a great job recreating the old west.
This may not be the best of it's kind but it does ensure us that Westerns are alive and well. I thought it could have used some trimming as far as the run time goes because it does get a little slow in the middle and it wants to be a bit artsy as well at times but other than those two things I thought it was a well-made western with good performances and some moments of brutal violence which is always a plus in a western. Outlaws and Angels" is playing in Theaters and on VOD now so be sure to check it.
Released by Momentum Pictures
*** 1/2 Out Of *****