This movie is as tedious as they get with a weak story line, woodenacting, one clich? after another and an embarrassingly contrivedending. Don't waste your time - you will be disappointed.
As the story opened I quickly got the feeling that things in this placemove along at a glacial pace and everyone speaks in stereotyped cowboyEnglish. I can't believe there is still a script writer in America whowould make a character say "Howdy sheriff". It goes downhill fromthere.
I really can't understand how this film is getting any glowing reviews.Maybe they are all relatives of the director or investors in the film.It really is the only possible explanation.
This film, apparently written, produced and directed by a film-industrybased accountant, was certainly made on a very strict budget but thatfact cannot excuse the lack of character and soul that comes throughthe lens of the camera. The actors did their best, in my view, in whatis a rather interestingly put together idea, concept and material.However, the dryness that comes through the lens lacks emotion, depthand/or conviction. This little movie is one of the, if not THE, mostdepressive and inane concoctions I have ever seen put together on film.It really could have been good, perhaps, if it had a soul. Theexecution was not up to par. The end result is a TERRIBLE movie. Try,again, sir...but try not to contrive emotion, it just falls flat.Perhaps, consider a director?User: bizzinc
This film is a beautifully shot and acted drama. Set in the Coloradomountains, it is a powerful piece with exceptional acting by Jan VanSickle. The story grabs you from the beginning to it's shockingconclusion. Breathtaking cinematography. Highly recommended! The storyinvolved a rancher named Joe who let's his recently paroled son,Dillon, moved back in with him. Dillon seems to have turned his lifearound, which is good news to his dad who has just started arelationship with the local convenience store owner, Kim (excellentlyplayed by Earla Stewart). As the story unfolds, we learn that Dillon'sbad luck seems to have followed him home. Dillon is played by Ryan J.Parker in a star making turn. Mr. Parker displays moments of sheerbrilliance as his character faces unbearable choices. The film iscurrently making it's rounds in the film festival circuit, winningmultiple awards along the way. Try to see it!User: jntwiles
I really enjoyed this film! The cinematography is beautiful... greatlocations and directing. I hadn't heard of Troy McGatlin before but Iwould like to see more of his work. The lead character in the film didan amazing job. What a great actor! The location of this film (MaybeColorado or Montana) is also an important character. I would call thelocation a character because it plays such an important role to whothese people are and why they act the way they do. You really feel likeyou're there with the characters. Interesting storyline and overallreally well done! A lot more to it than originally meets the eye. Thisfilm is about father/son relationships, life in a small town, moving onfrom our past and mending our own "broken fences." I would definitelyrecommend this film to anyone.User: trolldown
I've seen people comment that the film is too slow.. but there's norule in the book which says that a film can't be slow. It's slowbecause the script is written so.
The movie deals with the character of 'Dillon', a very unlucky son. Thestory revolves around him and his father.
Also I didn't notice any 'bad acting' in the film. It's a nice movieand I honestly believe that it is underrated. It deserves way more thana 4.2. In fact, the movie is different. The ending is a bitmelodramatic but overall it's a good movie.
Just watch it and decide for yourself.
Broken Fences is one of those unique films that reminds us of some goodold western films that are hardly made these days. It's a complete filmthat carries and holds all the ethics of film-making. Ian Van Sickle'samazing performance has added a different kind of flavor to the film.Likewise, Ryan I Parker's innocent acting craft has given the film anadditional star. I loved this film and I not loved it for the reasonthat I'm a great film lover but mostly for the reason that it made mefeel confident that good cinema and good filmmakers are still alive.Troy McGatlin must bring more films. Good cinema needs such filmmakers.The film is a winner and is worth watching, only if you are a lover ofgood films.User: ccegla1
I happened to stumble upon and rent this fantastic movie about a weekago. I didn't watch the trailer. I only knew what I knew from the DVDbox. I am still haunted by it.
From the first scenes I was captivated! This takes place in ruralColorado, and the scenery is breathtaking. The beginning of the moviefocuses on a lonely farmer. You are taken into his daily world and youfeel like you are there with him. If anything, you must rent this forthe scenery.
The story line builds to a shocking conclusion. I won't give anythingaway, that would spoil it. But I will say that one of the themes is"how come Cowboys don't cry"? Sound familiar?
I am definitely buying this movie for my collection. This is a must-seefor any film buff!
To sum it up, don't waste your time. Bad acting followed by really badacting and a swiss cheese plot make this one of the worst efforts atmovie making in a long time. Avoid this nonsense if you can, not evenworth a free download.
I think they actually used food coloring and water for the effects, andwhile the picture perfect outdoor setting was there to use, it was justa series of still shots and half done set pieces. Guaranteed whoeverplayed the son cashed in some favors for a role, really horrible. Theymight as well have thrown in a slow motion "Noooooooo" as he runs withthe gun. Shameless.
Gee, wonder who the 5 people who scored this 10/10 were? hmmm. Just soyou are aware, when you do that to your movie, it aggravates peopleinto posting a 1 vote. At least be a little honest when scoring,otherwise nature has a way of correcting.
A lifetime of bad luck threatens a father and son's reunion, as oldwounds resurface and new ones are opened in Broken Fences, TroyMcGatlin's fusion of family drama and contemporary western.
Joe Simmons (Jan Van Sickle) is a quiet and simple man who prefers tospend his days alone working on his ranch. He gets up at 5:00 a.m. andmakes sure that the horses, cattle, and chickens are fed before he sitsdown to eat. Joe lives this life of solitude by choice, but we get ahint early on that Joe has cut himself off from the world a little toomuch. When he goes to the town's only store, he's surprised to find hisfriend no longer owns the place and hasn't for quite some time. Joemight be a little bit lonely, but he's found his routine and he likesit just fine.
But Joe's life of peace is unexpectedly disrupted when he gets a phonecall from his estranged son Dylan, who informs him that he was recentlyparoled from jail and is looking for a place to stay. Though it's onlyhinted at, it's clear that Joe and Dylan have a long tumultuoushistory, and Joe is originally unwilling to take him in, eventemporarily. But Joe's won't let his boy live on the streets, and hesoon finds himself outside the jail, collecting his son.
Dylan promises his father that he's a changed man, and it's easy tobelieve him. He speaks softly, works hard, and the only time he gets afiery look in his eye is when he fervently tells his father that he'llnever go back to prison again. Dylan has a host of skeletons in hiscloset, but maybe undeservedly so. He's a simple-minded boy who seemsto be followed by a host of bad luck. A traumatizing incident inDylan's teenage years left him emotionally scarred and in the companyof a few bad seeds. Dylan was in the wrong place at the wrong time, andit ended up costing him 6 years of his life behind bars.
Even though Dylan promises he's turned a new leaf, things are uneasybetween the two from the very beginning. They eat in silence, work insilence, and spend time on opposite ends of the ranch. But Joe senses achange in Dylan that he can't deny maybe his son really has turnedhis life around. In their first candid moment, Dylan convinces Joe toask a local shopkeeper out on a date. Things between the two men seemto be getting better, until Dylan's streak of bad luck and bad behaviorcatches up to him. From there, the story unfolds in unexpecteddirections until the shocking third act that you won't see coming.
Broken Fences carefully explores this relationship between father andson without resorting to clich?s. It never asks the audience an obviousquestion, only to respond with an even more obvious answer. McGatlinhas crafted a fine little film that will engage you and challenge youuntil the end. And what an end it is.