Outlaws And Angels

October 24, 2016

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"...a vicious portrayal of The Wild West..."
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Outlaws And Angels

John Noonan
Year: 2016
Rating: MA
Director: JT Mollner
Cast:

Chad Michael Murray, Luke Wilson, Ben Browder, Teri Polo

Distributor: Eagle
Format:
DVD
Released: October 25
Running Time: 115 minutes
Worth: $14.00

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…a vicious portrayal of The Wild West…

When lawman, Josiah (Luke Wilson), opens up Outlaws And Angels with a stilted monologue about violence, thoughts turn to the idea that this will be an introspective western about man’s inhumanity to man. But once the opening credits have finished, which see innocent people being blown away by armed bank robbers, it’s apparent that writer and director, JT Mollner, is actually offering up a sleazy slice of exploitation.

Chad Michael Murray (Agent Carter) plays gang leader, Henry, a self-styled gentleman thief who will uphold a lady’s virtue at the hands of an abusive husband, before brutally killing her for being a witness to his crimes. When he and his posse invade the home of a deeply religious family, he applies this same twisted logic to their wellbeing, with mom and pop (Teri Polo and Ben Browder) and their two daughters under a constant threat of violence. For eldest daughter, Florence (Francesca Eastwood, the daughter of Clint Eastwood and Frances Fisher), the whole nasty episode appears to awaken something in her, and soon she’s joining forces with Henry to brutalise her family.

This a vicious portrayal of The Wild West, a punk reinterpretation of Sergio Leone’s work where morality is even less clear cut. And yes, Outlaws And Angels feels an awful lot like a spiritual sibling to Tarantino’s Hateful Eight, revelling in its viciousness to the detriment of its narrative. It’s a point underlined by two gratuitously overlong scenes of sexual violence, one threatened and one actualised. In fact, the whole thing is too long, and something of this calibre deserves to be inflicted – in a good way – upon its unsuspecting audience with a quick, sharp shock. Ultimately, Outlaws And Angels will leave a nasty taste in most mouths, even those who can embrace its predatory qualities.

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