The Helena Duel between protagonist David Kingston (Liam Hemsworth) and antagonist Isaac Brant (Emory Cohen) was staged in front of the fictional hotel Hidalgo, which is the actual surname of the actress portraying General Calderon's captured niece Maria, momentarily listed as Kimberly Daugherty despite truly established and widely known as Kim Hidalgo. See more »
This is described as taking place in 1866 - two years after the War Between the States. The weapons used are anachronistic. The first Winchesters were made in 1866 and certainly not enough to have populated the 'West' so rapidly as to be the dominate arm in the movie. An the Springfield trapdoor shown in the movies wasn't around until 1873. See more »
In 1846 the United States engaged in a bloody war with Mexico over the newly disputed state of Texas. At its end, the Rio Grande was declred the border between the two countries. Decades of tension continued as white settlers pushed into land long held by Indians and Mexicans. The task of maintaining order fell mainly upon a group of men who answered to their own code of law - the Texas Rangers.
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A number of citizens of Mexican origins are disappearing and the bodies, some of them, have been found floating in the Rio Grande. A Mexican general played by Jose Zuniga is threatening to do a Pancho Villa and cross the border as his niece is one of the missing. That prompts the Governor of Texas to dispatch one of his best Texas Rangers, Liam Hemsworth to a remote region to investigate a town called Helena.
A former Confederate colonel Woody Harrelson is a Reverend Jim Jones like character who holds sway there. Hemsworth has his work cut out for them, more than he could ever conceive.
There are certainly elements of The Most Dangerous Game here, but add to that the cult like devotion that Harrelson enjoys. Plus he's making good money for himself and the town of Helena with his most dangerous game. He's opened it up as a business, it's clear that the Mexicans are substitutes for black people as I'm sure the word is out to avoid the area and Mexicans are plentiful across the river.
None of the drama in that original Most Dangerous Game is present here. Harrelson is a compelling figure, Australian Hemsworth is convincing as a Texan.
The whole thing falls way short of a classic and even as a western, most western fans will find this way to weird.
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