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Badland (2019)




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More than a decade after the Civil War, a nation tries to rebuild as an outlaw faction takes root across the West. In the unincorporated parts of the country, this plague grows with no one to regulate. Gunslinging detective Matthias Breecher (Kevin Makely) is hired to track down the worst of the Confederate war criminals (Trace Adkins, Bruce Dern and Jeff Fahey), with nothing more than his wits and his revolver. As he roams the Old West seeking justice, his resolve is tested when he meets a determined pioneer woman (Mira Sorvino) who is far more than she seems. As the lawless converge on this lawman, death is inevitable in a terrain that welcomes no stranger.

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Critic Reviews for Badland

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (2)

"Badland" is ultimately too beholden to the past to be as energized as it should be.

November 3, 2019 | Full Review…

Justin Lee's indie Western should satisfy genre enthusiasts with a strong cast and an entertaining spin on a familiar story.

October 31, 2019 | Full Review…
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With a low-budget, low-energy feel, this Western gets off to a wobbly start, but thanks to several great veteran performers, it soon finds an even, laconic tone that should please fans of the genre.

April 24, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Despite using plenty of the usual tropes of the genre (silent, but appealing anti-hero, a woman in peril, an underdog fight against evil types, etc.) Badlands stumbles.

January 2, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Given a few more passes on the script, take out the chapter brakes and maybe punch up the action, Badland could have been a modern-day cowboy flick worth the near two hour run time.

November 1, 2019 | Full Review…

Lee's film never escapes its B-movie roots, nor does it try to, embracing its own pompousness.

November 1, 2019 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

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