‘Hickok': Film Review

Luke Hemsworth plays Wild Bill in this oater also featuring Kris Kristofferson, Trace Adkins and Bruce Dern.

The inherited supremacy of a Hemsworth family gene pool is demonstrated by Timothy Woodward Jr.’s low-budget oater in that Luke, comparison hermit to Chris and Liam, plays Wild Bill Hickok. A ideally workable Western featuring a comfortingly informed storyline, Hickok will waves genre fans over until some-more estimable offerings come along.

Following in a footsteps of such actors as Gary Cooper, Jeff Bridges and Sam Elliott, among many others, a rugged Hemsworth proves some-more than convincing with his description of a iconic gunslinger, a arrange of classic Western impression who doesn’t worry to mislay his boots while holding a bath. The film, loosely formed on genuine events, focuses on a section in Hickok’s life when he served as a organise of Abilene, Kansas in a 1870s.

Intent on bringing law and sequence to a violence-torn community, Hickok decrees a anathema on firearms within city boundary (a tract component that might infer differing to many shoot-em-up fans). This doesn’t lay good with tavern owners Phil Poe (Trace Adkins), who fears a outcome it will have on business and also resents Bill’s past regretful attribute with pleasing singular mom Mattie (Cameron Richardson). Poe puts a annuity on Bill’s head, attracting a seductiveness of nonetheless another iconic Western figure, John Wesley Hardin (Kaiwi Lyman-Mersereau).

You can flattering most theory a rest, with Michael Lanahan’s screenplay incorporating customary Western tropes and characters including a moral mayor (Kris Kristofferson) and crusty city alloy (Bruce Dern), not to discuss a adore interest’s immature son (Hunter Fischer) who bears a some-more than coincidental similarity to Wild Bill.

Hemsworth, forgoing a prolonged thatch and mustache routinely compared with his real-life character, invests his description with doses of interesting humor. He receives plain support from a maestro cast: Kristofferson exudes free gravitas; Adkins, who’s done behaving in Westerns a solid side gig from his nation song career, uses his forever low voice to effectively ominous effect; and Dern (who’s apparently been incompetent to grasp poignant career movement from his Oscar-nominated spin in Nebraska), amusingly provides a outcome of a modern-day Walter Brennan.

There’s positively zero noted about a film, that is doubtful to reinstate such prior cinematic depictions of a executive impression as Wild Bill and HBO’s Deadwood in anyone’s memories. But it boasts copiousness of dirty duration atmosphere and earns points for a miss of pretension. Resembling both an aged Republic Pictures programmer and an part of a arrange of Western play array that were once a promote network staple, Hickok will infer appealing to a arrange of comparison filmgoer who complains that “they don’t make ‘em like that anymore.”

Production: Status Media Entertainment, Vision Tree Media, Paterson Enterprises, Avery Production, Pay It Forward Entertainment
Distributor: Cinedigm
Cast: Luke Hemsworth, Trace Adkins, Kris Kristofferson, Bruce Dern, Cameron Richardson, Kaiwi Lyman-Mersereau, Hunter Fischer
Director: Timothy Woodward Jr.
Screenwriter: Michael Lanahan
Producers: Henry Penzi, Chris Nicoletti, Timothy Woodward Jr., Luren de Normandie
Executive producers: Kirk Peterson, Eric Peterson, Benjamin Gerry, J.D. Seraphine
Director of photography: Pablo Diez
Production designer: Christian Ramirez
Editor: Ned Thorne
Costume designer: Ni8kki Pelley
Composer: Andrew Joslyn
Casting: Lauren De Normandie

88 mins

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