Thursday, December 30, 2004

God's Gun (1976)

Way too may cool posters make for way too terrible films...

Genre: Western (Italy, Israel)

Starring: Lee Van Cleef (Death Rides A Horse; For A Few Dollars More), Jack Palance (City Slickers; Attack)

Directed By: Gianfranco Parolini

Overview: A gang of robbers terrorize a town, while a boy tries to avenge the harm they've caused.

Acting: Eek. Not really good at all. Lee Van Cleef and Jack Palance must have ganged up on the director on this one, either that or the director had so little film he just let it go. Melodrama as expected but not gritty and mean as it should have been.
Rating: 4

Cinematography: Ever seen El Mariachi? If you have you'll recognize the same nausea inducing camera work: low-budget, distracting and poor. As for the scenes and settings, nothing good until the end, then it was fair. This ain't no High Plain Drifter.
Rating: 3

Script: Oh, my, my, my. Jack Palance had some good lines, but there were very cheesy moments very frequently delivered by everyone else.
Rating: 4

Plot: So much to complain about it's hard to know where to start. The kid goes mute from the horrible things he sees, the mother opens her big stupid mouth revealing a secret to the big bad guy, who then of course makes it his mission to go chase after it (what did she expect?) and Lee Van Cleef's vengeful climax was ultimately suicidal and unbelievable.
Rating: 3

Mood: There was a great scene where the bandits get into a bar brawl with the women of the saloon. It's stressful and unpleasant, (as most rape scenes ought to be) but the women put up such a fight that it lasts 5 minutes, and with lots of tremendous action! Very original, that particular scene. All this to say that it bumped up the Mood rating, cause the other scenes really did nothing to make it good. The flashback scenes were too blurry and the haunting SCREECHES that played during them were annoying.
Rating: 4

"Bahahah, As if' I'm even making this turd of a film!"

Overall Rating: 36% (Russian Roulette For The Jaded Soul)

Aftertaste: Oh Lee, why must you let me down so! This was the final film in this four-pack of Lee Van Cleef Films that I had, and I was pleased with the other three, especially Death Rides a Horse. They should have put this movie somewhere else, like nowhere on that DVD. It was nice to actually see Jack Palance in a Western instead of a comedy mocking his Westerns (City Slickers). In the end I thought, "well I'm done watching this thing." One more down...