Sunday, September 28, 2014

Ned Blessing: Return to Plum Creek (1993)

Director: Jack Bender

Writer: William D. Wittliff?

Composer: David Bell

Starring: Brad Johnson, Luis Avalos, Timothy Scott, Donzaleigh Abernathy, Gregory Scott Cummins, Tony Genaro, Jill Parker-Jones, Julius Tennon

More info: IMDb

Tagline: A lawless frontier.  One born leaer.

Plot:  The town of Plum Creek falls into treacherous hands when a loyal Sheriff Albright is brutally killed under mysterious circumstances. With a small town quickly becoming lawless under the watch of evil Emma and her husband, there is only one man who can bring justice back. Ned Blessing.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again? No.

Here's an OK at best Western in the form of a TV movie. The acting is poor to good depending on the actor, the story is fine and it looks alright but the small budget shows from the limited cast and locations to the sparse and thin score (lots of somber violin).  The only standout performance for me was that of Rob Campbell who had his feature film debut in UNFORGIVEN (1992) (as Davey) the year before.  It's funny because the DVD cover of this film looks mightily close to that of UNFORGIVEN.  Hmmmmm.  Marketing geniuses.  Don't look for a deep plot or anything trying anything new or different.  It's a simple film that tells a simple story which is just fine.  I guess I wanted or was expecting a little more.  The Trinity DVD presents the film in its original fullscreen TV ratio and with not a single extra.

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