The Legend of God's Gun (2007)
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I cant believe anyone actually took this film seriously.
After the first five minutes, i thought this was a tongue in cheek comedy. The spinal tap of westerns for example.
Based on spaghetti westerns, this is more mel brooks, then quentin tarrentino. And anyone who thinks this movie was good film making, has a very low standard for quality.
I laughed out loud, many times watching this, and I love it, because its one of the worst films I have ever seen English speaking people make.
I don't say the actors are the worst ever, because every actor from any Japanese godzilla movie, holds that honor. But my god, the acting is atrocious in gods gun, and deserves special comment. I mean Jesus Christ, this was made in 2007, and is annihilated by movies made back in the sixties.
Any so called good moments are plageristic at best. The music is almost note for note rip offs, of sergio leones great classics, just with a few changes here and there.
the script is diabolical, and may actually be the most limited and retarded garbage ever written.
But this is why I enjoyed this movie, its so bad, its good. Think trey parker and matt stone, if they tried making a serious western. yes, it would be badly made, but damn funny
There is one other low budget flick I can compare this too -- PARIAH. This film is just as ballsy, and I am impressed by both. Also PI! I don't want to give away the plot too much as it's not out yet -- my friend is a critic -- can't say for whom and he was reviewing it when we watched....
I've heard rumors it will be in theaters -- if it is -- you've got to check it out -- I guarantee you won't be disappointed. Otherwise buy it on DVD - this film reminds me of two of my favorites -- BOONDOCK SAINTS and SIX STRING SAMURAI -- for those of you who don't know Six String -- rent it now! Okay I'm not going to gush anymore, but I enjoyed it a lot.
My two cents.
Given the plot, I had hopes that it might be along the lines of a Tarantino or Rodriguez grind-house flick, or at least a Troma level movie. It really wasn't. It looks more like a film students first attempt. There are some potentially interesting attempts in the visual language, but nothing we haven't seen before in far superior movies. Some of the composition is decent, but follows conventions set down by Sergio Leone decades before.
This movie lacks any visceral moments, which weaken the thrust of the storyline.
My advice? avoid at all costs.
And the fact that it's "supposed" to be bad doesn't make the movie one iota less torturous to sit through. What it does, in fact, do is make one pine for the days when the "Mystery Science Theater 3000" guys would have a rollicking good time mercilessly skewering such an obvious "Grindhouse" wannabe - one that plumbs hitherto unattained depths of awfulness in its race to the bottom.
The problem is that they left out a few essentials like interesting characters and a coherent plot. You just can't replace them with references to other movies and pretentious 1960's style film school tricks a'la Natural Born Killers!
Visuals are indeed strong and the music really good too, including a music video right in the middle! That's pretty much all there is to recommend about The Legend Of God's Gun.
Message to the filmmakers : Take a screen writing class, or may the good Lord smite thy motion picture cameras!