The Righteous and the Wicked (2010)
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first, the plot summary has nothing to do with this movie. "Hobbs, a notorious wanted bandit, gets caught up in a violently competitive hunt for stolen cash when he finds out outlaws have robbed the local bank. While trying to get back what's his he must saddle up to stop these outlaws leaving whomever stands in his way dead! "
Hobbs is the leader of a gang that robs a mining office. No one ever hunts for the stolen cash. No banks get robbed. Hobbs never lost the money he stole, so he never had to try to get it back. Hobbs never tries to stop the outlaws, except for members of the gang who do not stick to his plan. No one stands in Hobbs's way, except for one gang member.
so, ignore the summary and watch the movie.
yes, it is a bad movie, reminds me of the spaghetti westerns. it looks more like a series of outtakes. It is a lot of fun noticing all the mistakes with riding horses, firearms, etc. in one scene, the guy riding the horse looks like he is trying to figure out what the reins are for. then he apparently remembers a Budweiser commercial and thinks he is driving a beer wagon with 6 Clydesdales. watch what he does with the reins. also notice the horse poop everywhere. in two separate scenes, two different guys check a hand gun and see that only powder was loaded. meaning the gun would only make noise and not fire a bullet. but, they looked in the gate, the bullet is in the other end. and, it was a cartridge style firearm . so, you cant load just powder. and he had the patch box on his belt for a muzzle loader. and the guy with the shotgun seemed to have 410 shells on his belt and was carrying a 12 gage. one gang member arrives by train with a lot of luggage. the luggage is never seen again. microphones were apparently placed everywhere because you hear every creak of the leather as they shift their weight in the saddle. even walking sounds like they have microphones in their boots.
if there is a plot, i could not find it. apparently, Hobbs gets a gang together to rob a mining office in an elaborate plan to distract the town's people and control the entire town during the robbery. however, while the robbery is being planed and executed, a mysterious man is tracking and killing the gang members. unfortunately, it is never explained why this man wants every gang member dead. revenge for Hobbs being in on the killing of a family many years ago is hinted, but never fully explained. It is also never explained why the mysterious killer kills those who he does not seem to want to kill. he seems to view them as victims, as getting involved with the wrong crowd. not everyone in the gang was a ruthless killer. why the mysterious man would want to kill those who never killed anyone, is never explained. one gang member runs off with most of the cash and no one cares. not Hobbs, or the mysterious man. when Hobbs is the last man in his gang alive, he just hangs out at his camp waiting for a bus or the tooth fairy or maybe he ordered a pizza. I mean, if my gang was dead , i had the stolen cash, and a mysterious stranger was trying to kill me, i would leave the area.
I think the funniest scene was when the mysterious stranger unties the gangs horses and he shoos them like you shoo a cat and the horses just look at him like " you are supposed to smack our butts or fire a gun to make us run". the horses just look bored and start grazing. a few minutes later the gang cant find their horses. also interesting in that scene is the very fancy leather strap the gang used to secure the horses to a bush.
So lets get to the film. It starts with a grey haired man seeming to be living a relaxed life...until another man shoots him dead. In perhaps the most intriguing moment in the film, the older man was still alive when his killer was digging his grave. In one of the colder moments that I can think of in recent westerns, the dying man begs the other not to bury him alive...thereby inviting the inevitable kill shot.
The rest of the film features a gang of six who plan to rob, and then rob a mining company of it's money. It is at this point when things just get really weird.
Six becomes five when one gang member kills the other in a gun fight that was supposed to be staged to distract people. The odd thing is they pick two gang members with a tense relationship: the younger one impregnated the teen daughter of the other! Really? The gang leader couldn't determine that that was just a bad idea? Five becomes four when the grim reaper from the first scene turns up and kills the young security guard who was always part of the gang and helped them with the heist. The weird thing is that the young guard never hurt or killed anyone...and for a time, his killer seems to be trying to talk him into stopping. Then he begins prodding him...and ultimately, he kills the young guard.
Four becomes three when the gang's leader kills the young guy who killed the other gang leader. They have a protracted conversation about whether to split the money six ways, five ways or four ways...it is as dull as it sounds! I didn't make it to the end...it just got too lame! I love Westerns, but I can't recommend this pile of horse manure! A couple of cute guys in it, but for the most part, just boring!