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Parents' Guide to

The Warrant

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Trite, low-budget Western has war violence, smoking.

Movie NR 2020 90 minutes
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This low-budget Western is a sanitized exploration of the classic Western themes of heroism and good versus evil. In other words, it's more Gunsmoke than Deadwood. While there's some attempt to present character backstory to add more depth than "white cowboy hat against black cowboy hat," there isn't enough there to create memorable characters. The secondary characters, the other members of the gang looking to reignite the Civil War, are drawn with as much depth as the one thing that might distinguish them from the others. One guy uses brass knuckles, for instance, and another guy plays guitar.

The plot twists aren't exactly surprising, but maybe that's just as well. For fans of the classic Western, this is probably as good as the average Western from the 1950s. The lines between good and bad are more starkly drawn than, say, the spaghetti Westerns of the 1960s, and everything that came after. There are none of the gray areas that have so muddied the waters between the two sides so common to movies and television in recent decades. That said, there's a nagging feeling to The Warrant that you can't go home again. Audiences expect more from their entertainment.

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