- Published August 31, 2010
- Written by Henry Cabot Beck
Sixgun is that rare bird that actually adds up to something more than the sum of its parts. It won’t take home any awards for the production values—the picture was shot using camcorder technology and a fair amount of green screen—but it’s got a lot of raw charm, some decent acting, some likable characters and an interesting story.
The movie follows the misadventures of a handful of raggedy ranchers who just can’t pass up the opportunity to steal a bag of money from a thief. Throw in a creepy villain and his henchmen, who are also after the cash, and a tired dancehall girl who works for the bad guys but who sides with the ranchers, and the story rolls itself out in a satisfying fashion.
The heart of the picture is the unusually tart dialogue made up of a lot of offhanded sarcasm and wry retorts. Most indie Westerns suffer from a lack of wit; it’s a rare quality, but Sixgun takes time to be funny and to let the characters run the show. That leaves me hoping we’ll see more from this Austin-based group.