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SWEETWATER

DVD Review by David Blackwell

 

DETAILS:  94 minutes, featurette, music video, trailer, previews

VIDEO:  2.35:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)

AUDIO:  English 5.1 Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Dolby Digital

Subtitles:  English

 

STUDIO:  Raindance Entertainment/ Mythic International Entertainment/ Kickstart/ Atlas International Film/ Arc Entertainment

RELEASE DATE: 12-31-2013

Sarah is settled down with her farmer husband Miguel for better or for worse in New Mexico during the 19th century, but she is driven over the edge by the ones who done her wrong and when she finds her husband is murdered.  She is out for revenge while eccentric Sheriff Jackson hunts for the killer of two brothers (one of them are married to the daughter of the New Mexico governor).   They both cross paths with crazy religious zealot Prophet Josiah who is looking to expand his Holy Land while he murders, rapes, sleeps with his wives, and looks down on those of darker skin. 

 

SWEETWATER has some great ideas and characters in it, but it feels like a story that could have been fleshed out a little more after all the rewriting that Logan Miller and Noah Miller did.   Ed Harris gives his all as eccentric Sheriff Cornelius Jackson while Jason Isaacs is possessed by the madness of the evil murdering polygamous religious Prophet Josiah.  January Jones seems like a non-character at times as the former prostitute Sarah who is settled down with her Hispanic husband Miguel no matter how others mistreat them until Miguel is killed and she goes on a revenge spree against all who done here wrong.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES:

THE MAKING OF SWEETWATER is a 10 minute promotional featurette that has interviews with the cast and brothers Logan and Noah Miller (who cameo as the brothers killed by Josiah at the beginning of the film).   The cast talk about the film and what attracted them to the film in addition to Ed Harris praising the Miller brothers for their work ethic.

 

“COLD GREY LIGHT OF DAWN” by Hudson Moore is the audio for the song heard during the movie without being a proper music video.

Also included on the DVD are the theatrical trailer and previews for BOUNTY KILLER and THE STARVING GAMES.

 

FINAL ANALYSIS:   SWEETWATER has fantastic performances by Ed Harris and Jason Isaacs in addition to some great cinematography shots, but this Western feels like a skeleton that is missing some meat to it to make a really fully developed movie.

 

This DVD review is (c)1-6-2014 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission. Send all comments to feedback@enterline-media.com

 

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