'Take a rest' he says to me. 'You defiantly need some time to recover from all those injuries you sustained in that train robbery earlier on in the day' he continues.
But I don't listen to the doc. No sir-re, Bob. I'm Sheriff Chad Lucas (Audie Murphy), God damn it. And I've got to get my hands on the outlaw, Drago (Morgan Woodward), before he causes any more mischief in this vicinity.
Huh? What's that you say? I spoke to soon? Not only has he and his men robbed that train, but they've also suddenly kidnapped Uvalde (Joan Staley) from under her boyfriends very nose? You know. What's-his-name. Nate Harlan (Warren Stevens).
Oh, sh*t!!!! That means me, Nate, Cap (Denver Pyle), and a handful of my men, have to chase all over the Wild West after Drago. Dodging Apaches, running away from large boulders, and basically trying not to get ourselves killed whilst attempting to apprehend this fiend at the very same time.
Heck, if I wasn't such a hard-ass law-man and didn't know of Uvalde in a previous life, I don't think I'd bother. Still. That's most probably explains why what next transpires all takes a u-turn when Cap shows his true colors. As death comes in three's - scavengers bend at the knees - outlaws can't escape the law - and do you know that boyfriends aren't very quick at the draw.
Oh, dear. What a shame. I wanted to like 'Gunpoint'. Honestly I did. But I'm afraid to say that it wasn't all that good really. The acting was fine. The production values were very dated. The story-line felt too formulaic. And overall the entire piece came across like something I've already seen a thousand times before.
But as for the rest of this movie on the other hand -- well -- no -- not really -- it just wasn't my cup of tea at all.
On a cosmetic level it kind of reminded me of a western version of the sixties Batman television series. With its vivid and bold color palette lighting up the screen a mite too much for my own tastes. Then I'd say that the pacing was very lop-sided in execution. Never having any form of consistent tempo or vibe where tension or tone was concerned. And finally, I have a sneaking suspicion that some dubious studio executive said to the makers of this movie, 'We need a couple of throw away elements inserted into this film just to give it a longer running time', mainly because some of the sub-plots included didn't seem to go anywhere with my now benefit of hindsight.
Overall I'd say that 'Gunpoint' was a film that fires a lot of blanks. The story was predictable. The characters showed great promise. The execution was lop-sided and ill-paced. And all in all this one is for die hard Western fans only.
THE RATING: B-