THE PLOT THUS FAR
A lone Mountie has come to town to clean up the crime and corruption after finding an innocent man dead. As he sets up home, in town, he discovers endless amounts of illegal activity taking place behind closed doors. Once he uncovers the men behind the crimes he prepares to take them down one by one in the most vicious showdown this town has ever seen.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“The Way of the West” takes place in Yukon Territory in 1894. A Mountie, Wade Grayling (Walker), comes upon a little girl, Cleora (Martin), trying to shoot at the ropes of a man who has been hung by the neck out of the tree. Once the Mountie has the man down, he takes him and the girl to the makeshift town. There he meets Kleus (Buza), the town’s religious figure and his daughter, Amethyst (Paré). Turns out Cleora is Kleus’ daughter, too. The Mountie sees that the townsfolk are sick and decides to stay a few days at the fort much to the chagrin of the priest. While he stays there, he breaks up a dog fighting ring and as he stays there longer, some Russian thugs come and the town is all too willing to put up with them. It would appear that they have a deal with them. The Mountie doesn’t approve, tries to show his power and things get heated.
The film feels forced and silly, however historically accurate it might be the addition of the Russian characters seems almost ridiculous. Given the shoe string budget some of the action scenes are brutal and well made and the setting and cinematography work very well. However, and whether or not this was an issue with the theatre I saw it in or not the film is very dark, poorly lit and the sound effects on the weapons was horrible. It just sounded poorly shot.
The DVD comes with a featurette about the production and interviews. The A/V Quality is pretty sharp for a Canadian Western, but it’s not going to change your life. The transfer still lacks any substantial field of depth, so don’t expect to pick up anything in the background. That being said, it plays like a made-for-TV movie trying to grandstand as a Hollywood Western. Enjoy it for what it is. In the end, I’d only recommend a rental to the curious.
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