Badland (2019)

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Detective Matthias Breecher, hired to track down the worst of the Confederate war criminals, roams the Old West seeking justice. His resolve is tested when he meets a determined pioneer woman who is far more than she seems.

"Badland" is a 2019 western film directed by Justin Lee, following a thrumming story of bloodshed, redemption, and honor in the late 19th century. The film offers a dark representation of post-Civil War America and showcases an engaging efficiency from its lead actor, Kevin Makely.

Investigator Matthias Breecher, portrayed by Kevin Makely, is hired by a former servant Harriet Washington (Mira Sorvino) to find and bring justice to some of the most treacherous confederate war wrongdoers. Breecher's search leads him through the rugged terrains of the West and directly into the lives of many war survivors, who are pertaining to terms with the truths of their past and the promise of a clean slate.

At the heart of this frontier tale, Breecher discovers himself locked in a profound battle of wills with Reginald Cooke (Bruce Dern), an ex-Confederate war lawbreaker. The dispute goes beyond borders when Cooke's daughter, Sarah Cooke (Trace Adkins), crosses courses with Breecher, adding a further complexity to the story.

Characterization and Performance
Kevin Makely's character, Matthias Breecher, is sketched with tones of grey, producing a complex, solidified investigator driven by a steadfast sense of justice. Makely embodies this struggling yet dauntless character convincingly. Supporting efficiencies from Bruce Dern, Mira Sorvino, and Trace Adkins add depth to the narrative and show the differing perspectives and fluctuating values of the era.

Style & Setting
Centred around grim post-war morality, the movie's central style focuses on retribution and reconciliation. The plain and rugged landscapes set a poignant backdrop for the blood-soaked revenge drama. Yet, buried in the cruelty is an undercurrent of hope and redemption, signified by Breecher's unrelenting pursuit for justice.

Cinematic Elements
"Badland" utilizes timeless components of the western genre, with spectacular panoramic vistas, climatic music, and gun-slinging action series. However, it also delves into much deeper socio-political commentary, addressing the biases, conflicts, and aftermaths of the Civil War. The cinematography brilliantly captures the stretches of the wild west, contributing to the desolate and raw atmosphere of the film.

"Badland" is a timeless tale of revenge and valor and is significant for its atmospheric Western visuals. Nevertheless, it stands apart from the common genre offering through its examination of war's aftermath, presenting an ethical questions amidst its hard-hitting action. The solid performances from the cast, particularly Makely and Dern, breathe life into these rugged characters, making "Badland" a lot more than a simple action-driven western flick.

Top Cast

  • Bruce Dern (small)
    Bruce Dern
    Reginald Cooke
  • Mira Sorvino (small)
    Mira Sorvino
    Sarah Cooke
  • Kevin Makely (small)
    Kevin Makely
    Matthias Breecher
  • Jeff Fahey (small)
    Jeff Fahey
    Huxley Wainwright
  • Wes Studi (small)
    Wes Studi
    Harlan Red
  • Tony Todd (small)
    Tony Todd
    Senator Benjamin Burke
  • Trace Adkins (small)
    Trace Adkins
    General Corbin Dandridge
  • James Russo (small)
    James Russo
    Fred Quaid
  • Amanda Wyss (small)
    Amanda Wyss
    Alice Hollenbeck
  • Matthew James McCarthy
    Big John
  • Reggie Watkins (small)
    Reggie Watkins
    Henry Means