Redemption (DVD Review)2 Jan, 2009 By: John Latchem
Prebook 1/6/09; Street 2/10/09
Rated ‘R’ for violence, some sexuality, nudity and language.
Stars Dustin James, Tom Noga, Ashley Gomez.
Redemption is the town the law forgot, a slow descent into deep recesses of a special hell. Such is the stage for the methodical indie Western of the same name, populated with characters evoking the spirit of Clint Eastwood and John Wayne.
Into this town rides an outlaw named Frank Hardin (Dustin James), in search of a Mexican girl named Sally (Gomez), who has been sold into prostitution after being kidnapped from her family.
Hardin played a role in robbing the family, who were subsequently slain by other members of Hardin’s gang. To save his soul, Hardin sets out after his former partners, with the hope of eventually freeing the young girl.
Also on the hunt is a badass priest, The Apostle, loaded to the nines with six-shooters, ready to dole out God’s justice for the attack on the Mexican family.
Upon arriving in Redemption, Hardin stumbles on a lingering turf war between a couple of Civil War holdovers, a Union colonel who calls himself The General, and the high-strung confederate Capt. Till.
The particulars effectively set up the eventual final shootout that will fill the streets with blood. And be warned, this movie does get bloody.
Writer-director Robert Conway imbues this world with an atmosphere that is surprisingly rich for a low-budget production. Fans of Westerns will appreciate this earnest effort, if only for the standout character of The Apostle, played with a chilling determination by Tom Noga.
Extras on the DVD include a behind-the-scenes featurette and commentary from Conway. North American is offering an exclusive Blu-ray Disc version with the purchase of DVD-three packs at $69.99.