For those still located out by Planet Pluto, Broken Trail happens to be the newest western movie to come out. This time, the movie was a two parter airing on AMC on Sunday and Monday. Starring Robert Duvall and Thomas Haden Church (that wacky guy from "Wings"), the movie was being pumped pretty hard by AMC. Add in Can Can's country for filming, the movie promised to deliver what we western fans so greatly lack in this day of idiotic cinema. The premise of the flick is simple. Duvall and Church, playing estranged uncle and nephew, band together after Church's character's mom dies and leaves everything to Duvall's character. Duvall, playing Print Ritter, finds an add from the British, offering to buy horses for the Boer War. Church, playing Tom Harte, is a cowboy, straight up. They get the horses and they head out of Oregon, heading to Wyoming. Along the way, they pick up five Chinese girls heading towards a life of prostitution. A fiddle playing eastern dude who apparently already knows how to cowboy, and after a little set to in some backwater, western mining town, a Chinese dude who speaks English and an old, worned out whore become a part of the party. Of course, no western is complete with a gunfight or three. That's the storyline, now on to my official take. Walter Hill is the director of "this." When I say "this," I mean that "this" in reference to the movie wasn't exactly what it was billed to be. The storytelling, in my honest opinion absolutely sucked ass. If it wasn't for Church and Duvall as the heroes, and Chris Mulkey playing the part of super, evil bad guy Big Ears, along with the supporting cast, the movie would have been unwatchable. I can't see how they survived carrying this movie. Church's character is the quiet saddle tramp, just going about life doing the job of the cowboy. Duvall, as usual, plays the goofy elder with a side that really shows up when they are fighting the bad guys. Mulkey's character is just plain rattlesnake mean. The filming location outside Calgary was awesome. Although it added to the historical locations depicted, it also took away, but that's best left up to the purists. The end of the movie, at the river, just brought make a hundred memories for me as a kid spending time in the Colorado Rockies hooking trout. This is your basic good guy overcomes evil, while showing humanity to those in need story. Nothing fancy. Like I said, this movie is saved by the cast. In fact, the casting of the movie actually makes it a pretty good flick. Definately a recommendation outside of the story telling.