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Genre aficionados eager to sample some Wild West action likely will be disappointed by “Traded,” a retrograde horse opera in which the pacing is closer to a leisurely trot than a full gallop. Despite a few fine performances and mildly impressive production values, this indie drama about a former gunfighter’s relentless search for a daughter pressed into prostitution by flesh peddlers too often feels like the cinematic equivalent of a 45 rpm record played at 33 1/3. Indeed, it’s hard to shake the suspicion that if everyone moved and talked a tad quicker, and all the useless pregnant pauses were excised, the 98-minute movie, which opened June 10 in simultaneous theatrical and VOD release, might have clocked in at the brisk running time of a ’30s Republic Pictures B-movie Western.
Lead player Michael Paré is appropriately flinty as Clay Travis, an 1880s Kansas homesteader who’s still recovering from his young son’s accidental death when his teenage daughter (Brittany Williams) runs away from home, hoping to secure a job in Wichita as a Harvey Girl waitress. A man’s got to do what a man’s got to do, so Clay takes his six-guns out of mothballs — where, evidently, they’ve been stored ever since he turned from gunslinging to sodbusting — and leaves behind his distraught wife (Constance Brenneman) while he tracks down his errant offspring.
After what seems like a very long time, Clay catches up with his daughter in Dodge City, where she’s been dragooned into white slavery by a sleazy saloon owner (robustly overplayed by an amusingly uninhibited Tom Sizemore). But even then, there is a good deal more plot left to slowly unfold.
Mostly due to the limp direction by Timothy Woodward Jr., “Traded” never really offers much in the way of suspense or excitement. But the sporadic outbursts of bloody violence are efficiently rendered, and a scene that climaxes with the dispatching of an abusive stepfather is dramatically and emotionally satisfying.
Better still, Mark Esslinger’s patchwork script contains a few vividly drawn characters, and Woodward has corralled the right actors to effectively play them. Kris Kristofferson invests his underwritten role as a straight-shooting bartender with grizzled sagacity, while country music star Trace Adkins is authoritatively menacing as a Wichita brothel proprietor who insists that, despite his business, he is a law-abiding citizen. Martin Kove is more than adequately repellent as the aforementioned abusive stepfather, making it all the more enjoyable when he gets what’s coming to him.
But the real standout performance in “Traded” comes from relative newcomer Marie Oldenbourg, who’s touchingly vulnerable as a disfigured young woman known only as Girl because, as she explains with a wan smile, she was considered “too ugly” to be given a proper name. To his credit, Clay tries to save her, too.
- Joe Leydon
Title: Traded Director: Timothy Woodward Jr. Starring: Kris Kristofferson, Trace Adkins, Michael Paré, Tom Sizemore, Brittany Elizabeth Williams, Constance Brenneman and Quinton Aaron Determinedly setting out to create your own way, in an unwavering attempt to build your own experiences and life path, is a common and understandable process for many young adults. But when you unwittingly become drawn into a dangerous situation, in part because of your naïve nature, you can often need the help of someone you trust to help save you from experiencing any more risk. That all-too-important life lesson of realizing just how endearing your present life and situation is presented in the new Western, ‘Traded.’ [ Read More ]
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- Karen Benardello
In a society that so strongly values self-preservation, there are still some noteworthy people who become so family-orientated that they’ll readily put their own lives in danger, in order to safeguard their loved ones. Actor Michael Paré is one such man who’s become so invested in protecting his relatives that he courageously risks his own safety to rescue his teenage daughter. The performer’s mission is intriguingly chronicled in Shockya’s new exclusive clip from his upcoming Western film, ‘Traded.’ Cinedigm is set to release the drama, which was directed by Timothy Woodward Jr., in theaters in 10 markets, including New York, Los Angeles, Austin, Dallas, Houston, Phoenix, Denver, Chicago, Minneapolis and [ Read More ]
- Karen Benardello
A father must leave his ranch for Dodge City to save his kidnapped daughter from an old enemy, putting his reputation as the fastest draw in the west to the test.
Traded is set for release in June 10th.
- Amie Cranswick
Tabitha Stephens is celebrating a big birthday today, though age 50 is probably not over-the-hill territory for a half-witch. It was 50 years ago today that “Bewitched” aired the episode “And Then There Were Three,” when Samantha and Darrin’s baby girl, Tabitha, is born. “Bewitched” star Elizabeth Montgomery was pregnant off-camera too during the show’s second season: her second son was born in October of 1965. On many TV shows, the birth of a baby has marked the beginning of the end of the show, as the young newcomer shatters the chemistry of the original cast or dilutes the a show’s premise. Not so for “Bewitched.” Viewers loved Tabitha and all the delightful storylines brought on by a child discovering her powers in a mortal home. The show ultimately aired for eight seasons. After several babies portrayed the growing Tabitha, Erin Murphy played the Stephens daughter for six years on the hit ’60s sitcom. »
- Emily Rome
5 items from 2016
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