Wyatt Earp's Revenge (2012) Val Kilmer, Shawn Roberts, Daniel Booko, Matt Dallas, David O'Donnell, Kaitlyn Black, Wes Brown Movie Review

Wyatt Earp's Revenge (2012)   2/52/52/52/52/5

Wyatt Earp's Revenge (2012)

Western Upgrade

When showgirl, Dora (Diana DeGarmo), is killed thanks to a stray bullet hitting the bed she is in, it causes shockwaves in Dodge City. For young Wyatt Earp (Shawn Roberts - Edge of Darkness), who was particularly close to Dora, it is a matter of justice must be served and so with his close friends set off on the hunt for Spike Kenedy (Daniel Booko - Inspired to Kill) and his brother. But Spike is a man without remorse and when he comes across Ed (Wes Brown) along with his wife, Susie (Kaitlyn Black), and their young son, Conrad (Mason Cook), it spells trouble. All of which is told by an ageing Wyatt (Val Kilmer - The Missing) to a reporter (David O'Donnell - Magma: Volcanic Disaster) who seems overly interested in the hunt for Spike.

This was probably not the case but let me explain how "Wyatt Earp's Revenge" came across to me. Someone discovered the true story of the murder of Dora Hand and the account of Wyatt Earp in going after her killer and made a movie about it with Shawn Roberts in the role of Wyatt Earp. But then to try and make the movie more appealing they not only persuaded Val Kilmer to play the older Wyatt and be telling the story to an interested party but have that interested party being connected to the story. On one hand that connection element is a nice addition to the movie but for the most this feels like a weak western upgraded by Val Kilmer probably doing a day's work in front of the camera.

So why is "Wyatt Earp's Revenge" weak? Because there is nothing which goes on in the main story which is attention grabbing. We have Wyatt and his friends hunting down Spike, there is some nastiness on the part of Spike and of course some gun play but it is all remarkably ordinary. Part of the trouble comes from the styling which is functionary at best but it also comes from the writing and there is next to no emotional depth when it comes to the characters. And that mean that none of the actors stood a chance of making them either interesting or memorable. In fact the most memorable part in "Wyatt Earp's Revenge" comes from Val Kilmer.

What this all boils down to is that "Wyatt Earp's Revenge" ends up an under whelming western which tells an okay story but lacks atmosphere and drama as well as action to make it as entertaining as it could be.