Who doesn’t love a grim, gritty western? When done well, there are few things that can top one. There have been a handful of strong, independent genre attempts in recent years, films like “The Proposition” and “Meek’s Cutoff,” and the first official trailer for new indie western “Dead Man’s Burden,” places the film in that wheelhouse.
Here’s a synopsis:
The year is 1870, and a fragmented America still strains to pick up the pieces from a savage Civil War. Martha (Clare Bowen) and her husband Heck (David Call) are living on a homestead on the rural New Mexico frontier, struggling to make ends meet. When a mining company expresses interest in buying their land, Martha and Heck see their ticket to a better life. Their plans are complicated when Martha’s oldest brother Wade (Barlow Jacobs)—believed lost in the war—returns to the family homestead. A defector to the Union Army, Wade discovers Martha is hiding secrets of her own. The siblings are torn between a desire to reconcile with the only family they have left, and their clashing convictions.
While there are few things as great as a good western, there are few things as terrible as a really bad one. Hopefully “Dead Man’s Burden” lives up to the potential. It looks grizzled, rough, and violent enough to be a damn fine time. Visually, the film certainly has the chops.
After making the festival rounds, “Dead Man’s Burden” opens in limited release on May 3, 2013.
Via : Apple