Stagecoach: The Texas Jack Story

posted 8 May 2018, 14:38 by Paul Woodward   [ updated 8 May 2018, 14:40 ]

Genre: Western

Stars: Trace Adkins / Kim Coates / Judd Nelson / Michelle Harrison / Claude Duhamel

Director: Terry Miles

Certificate: 15

Run Time: 1hr 30mins

Year: 2016

I’m a big fan of Westerns and I’ll admit I can be a little biased and generous towards them – but this film is truly awful. It looks cheap, it’s badly directed, the script is woeful and the plot uninspired, don’t even get me started on how poor the acting is. I’m not sure how I managed to watch this film in its entirety!

Texas Jack is basically a reformed stagecoach robber who gets dragged back into the game via some manipulation all the while been hunted by a Marshall with an axe to grind from Jack’s original stint as a criminal.

How Adkins has got into acting I don’t know, but his acting skills are very limited. I’ll give him his due he was better in ‘Hickock’ where he plays a villain in a secondary role, but in a lead role he’s just lost and his limitations exposed. He does the gruff macho man thing well-ish, but he’s limited in other emotional range. He comes across stiff and awkward a lot and loses the impact his growl is meant to impart on viewers. He’s not alone here though Coates is laughable in his hugely over acted bad guy role, Coates is much better than this film allows him to be, he just hams it up to the max, sadly his villain comes across like a clown rather than someone intimidating.

I have no idea how Judd Nelson ended up in this film – Yes, I know the iconic brat pack actor hasn’t had a decent major role in decades but even still seeing him here is heart breaking. To add insult to injury, he is only a very minor character he has one important and potentially dramatic scene and the script and direction totally mess it up totally defusing any potential drama or excitement – his acting is by far the best, although hampered by a poor script, bad direction and amateur performances brining him down. Had Nelson landed the lead role this film may have been very different in its impact.

Texas Jack’s love interest is played by Michelle Harrison whose performance is emotionless and almost as if she’s reading from prompt cards give its stuttered delivery. There is absolutely no connection between her and Adkins making their scenes awkward viewing. It’s a shame as I loved her as Nora Allen in the TV version of ‘The Flash’.

Avoid like the plague, even if you’re a western fan and you still want to give it a go, trust me you’ll still be disappointed!


Review By Woody