- Familiar Formula, Cheap and Lousy Execution 12/13/2019 12:00:00 AM by TwistedContent
Despite the obvious b-grade quality, Ron Perlman, Frank Grillo and the genre of western was enough for me to give it a try - I do occasionally enjoy the little movies with good ol' actors just having a fun time. Well, "Hell on the Border" is probably the lousiest western I've seen so far, but, thankfully, not entirely without a heart.
In the most aspects of filmmaking, "Hell on the Border" is weak and painfully cliché. The plot, based on the true story of Bass Reeves, the first black U.S. marshall, is stitched together from arcs that we've seen a hundred times before & in a hundred better movies. I mean, there's literally not one hint of originality in "Hell on the Border". Same applies to the characters, though the duo of David Gyasi and Ron Perlman was at least mildly entertaining to watch. Frank Grillo, the villain, did a fine job. In portraying a mostly boring character. A pacing that drags constantly & a high predictability factor - these are a few additional "qualities" this movie possesses. Most frustratingly, "Hell on the Border" is also a mess regarding all technical and aesthetical means - the cinematography is boring, even sketchy, the lighting & color grading's effortless and way too amateur, the whole movie has a drab, grey-ish, even ugly look. Some random shots are extra grainy. To make it all worse, the original score was massively overused & it was as cheap as everything else in this flick. Most of the action sequences were wack and unrealistic. For a 2019 movie with such actors, even for the usual b-movie, "Hell on the Border" is technically embarrassing.
When I said it has a heart, I meant only the aforementioned acting duo of David Gyasi and Ron Perlman, plus the extremely conventional story line - yes, conventional, not entirely useless. Nevertheless, I recommend "Hell on the Water" to absolutely no one, except if you're sold on the same things I was. You have been warned though. My rating: 3/10.
- This was just awful. 12/14/2019 12:00:00 AM by psxexperten
Well there′s 1,5 hours of my life that i will never get back.Sorry folks, but this movie s*cked big time.Was this suppose to be a western comedy? In that case it was not funny, just like a 7th grade school project.No high scores this time, even the friends of cast and crew refused to rate on this crap.
- useless 12/14/2019 12:00:00 AM by wjosephjorob
T his shot in somebody's backyard production could used a better script and then some, When your going to adapt a movie about a Legendary Lawman at least try to make it watchable, the actors didn't really have a lot to work with on this project, I was hoping one day some studio would do a film on Bass Reeves, but this is not the one, I am grateful either way for the effort.
- The real Lone Ranger. 12/22/2019 12:00:00 AM by cwstrgzr
Seemed more like a made for TV western. Obviously not a high grade production. It is a story of Bass Reeves and the outlaws are real. Glad I watched, but probably not again.
- Based on a True Story of the First Black American Marshall 12/24/2019 12:00:00 AM by dee_hunter78
It was a very interesting well played movie in my opinion. No clue to why the other reviews are so low, unless their being bias to the fact. But anyway, definitely worth watching. My family and I enjoyed it, and will watch again.