The U.S. Army and the Indians sign a peace treaty. However, a group of surveyors trespass on the Indians' land and violate the treaty. The army refuses to listen to the Indians' complaints,... See full summary »
The U.S. Army and the Indians sign a peace treaty. However, a group of surveyors trespass on the Indians' land and violate the treaty. The army refuses to listen to the Indians' complaints, and the surveyors are killed by the Indians. A vicious Indian war ensues, culminating in an Indian attack on an army fort. Written by
One of the films in the 3-disk boxed DVD set called "More Treasures from American Film Archives (2004)", compiled by the National Film Preservation Foundation from 5 American film archives. This film is preserved by the Library of Congress (from the AFI/Blackhawk collection), has a running time of 41 minutes and an added piano score. See more »
This interesting and believable melodrama benefits from its even-handed portrayal of its characters and from its realistic settings. It tells a sad, thoughtful story about a typical conflict on the western frontier, and it tells the story well. It depicts the Native American characters in a sensitive yet non-romanticized fashion, dealing honestly both with the offenses committed against them and with their own weaknesses.
The main story starts with a Native American tribe that puts its confidence in a treaty with the US government, only to find out very shortly that they have been deceived. The further developments from this setup are intertwined with some romantic sub-plots involving characters from both groups. These romances are used mostly to drive the action, but at times they are also used to illustrate some worthwhile ideas.
"The Invaders" is very good for its time in telling a fairly involved story with good technique, and in using good, detailed settings that work well. Except for the sometimes plain-vanilla characters, it is well above the average quality of movies made in 1912. It is also worth seeing for the action and the interesting story.
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