Now when Father John (Lee Van Cleef) miraculously apprehends one of Sam Clayton's (Jack Palance) nephews for killing a man in a Juno City saloon, deep down inside he preyed that everything would then turn out for the best.
But no. He was wrong. Dead wrong. Mere moments before he begins his next sermon, four members of Clayton's gang guns him down in front of his very own church. As they then proceed in taking over this western province by any means necessary.
But hey! Don't you worry your pretty little heads off, folks! Suddenly, someone living in this rustic berg decides they should find someone to fight back against their oppressors.
No. It's not their local Sheriff (Richard Boone), silly. He's too scared to do anything about these bodacious ne'er do wells. And no. It isn't the curvaceous Jenny (Sybil Danning) either. To be honest with you, she doesn't really know what to do.
Thankfully, though, her son does. Her son, Johnny (Leif Garrett). Who manages to flee this town by using all of his youthful savvy, running all the way to their eventual savor, despite loosing his voice in the process.
Still. That's most probably why what next transpires all draws a blank when Father John's twin-brother Lewis (Lee Van Cleef) starts calling the shots. As origins are relayed - a town becomes dismayed - a brother gets his revenge - and as push comes to shove, a villainous father gets buried under some rocks a lot smaller than
When I first sat down and watched 'God's Gun', nigh on straight away I noticed how cheap and imitative everything looked. Yeah. I'm not kidding, folks. The film-stock appeared polarized and faded. The sets had a very tacky and nth rate appearance about them. And to top it all off, the overall production came across like a second rate Sergio Leone film without any pizzazz.
In contrast to all my positively, though, I would have liked it if the story-line was a lot more focused, and a lot less flim-flammy. Now don't get me wrong, as I said before, I did enjoy the second part of the film quite a bit. As it did manage to 'fill in the blanks' on certain aspects which were missing out previously. Yet as for the first part of the film on the other hand, well -- nah -- it just wasn't really my cup of tea. Some of it was too slow in the telling. Some of it was too imitative by default. And some of it felt too tried and tested and tacky to boot.
Overall I'd say that 'God's Gun' is a pretty decent film to watch, and well deserves a remake in the near future. Yeah. Straight up. The story wasn't all that bad. And it only needs a little tune up here and there. I can see it now -- in my minds eye -- Tarantino as the director -- Daniel Day Lewis as the Cleef-twins -- and Willem Dafoe as the bad-guy.
Well, you never know, miracles do happen sometimes!
THE RATING: B-