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Three Bad Men (Western)


Picture: C     Sound: C+     Extras: C-     Feature: C-



Writer/director Jeff Hathcock lands actor George Kennedy for a Western and has no idea of what to do with him in the poor would-be Western Three Bad Men (2007) where the title criminals rob a bank and have Kennedy’s Ed Fiske to contend with.  Unfortunately, the viewer has to content with an inept script and directing that makes most B-movie Westerns looks like Ford epics.


Even the many costumes look phony, but that and Kennedy are the only things worth watching in this very, very long 118 minutes.  When good Westerns like Open Range and Seraphim Falls fail to make it to the general audience, you know the genre is not dead, but still in trouble.  The violence is lame and the conclusion is as much a dud as the whole shebang.  If you want to see Kennedy at his best, get the DVD of his underrated The Human Factor instead.


The 1.33 X 1 image was videotaped in some kind of low-def digital and makes the whole thing look too clean and pristine for the location work throughout to ever take it seriously just on that level.  None of the shots are memorable and I was hoping to see some smoke, fog, dirt or grit just so it would seem like its time period.  The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix has awkward surrounds and poor dialogue placement.  The combination is lame as a result.  Except for a trailer for this and a few other THINKFilm releases, there are no extras.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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