The Warrant is a 2020 western directed by Brent Christy (Legal Action, Blue Ridge, & The Legend of 5 Mile Cave). It was written by Shea Sizemore (Heritage Falls, County Line, Legal Action, & Bygone Billy). It was produced by Neal McDonough (2 Men & a Pig, Greater, & They Might Be Kennedys) & David Cerullo (County Line, Legal Action, Heritage Falls, & Savannah Sunrise). Sheriff John Breaker (played by: Neal McDonough from Arrow, Sonic the Hedgehog, Legends of Tomorrow, Captain America: The First Avenger, & Walking Tall) & his son Cal (played by: Steven R. McQueen from Piranha 3D, Chicago Fire, & The Vampire Diaries) reunite after the Civil War to track down a fellow veteran “The Saint” (played by: Casper Van Dien from Starship Troopers franchise, Sleepy Hollow, Alita: Battle Angel, & Dracula 3000) now a notorious gang leader. His raids threaten to bring the country back into conflict. Their mission turns dangerous when they find themselves caught between their former friend’s outlaw gang & the vigilantes who are taking the law into their own hands. Bonnie (played by: Annabeth Gish from The X-Files, Brotherhood, Beautiful Girls, & Mystic Pizza) is worried that her Breaker boys might never come back from this mayhem!
The Warrant has it all in this. Lots of action, crime, & drama featured in this independent western. Westerns are barely made these days so it’s nice to see a new film returning to the classic sub-genre. The script was just okay but the veteran cast elevated it. The Warrant has a few familiar faces in it from other known productions. It’s refreshing to see Neal McDonough play a hero rather than a villain plus it’s awesome to see the respected character actor actually get a lead role. He’s definitely the best thing about this, it’s one of his better performances in recent years. Steven R. McQueen was solid as his son. Let’s be honest, Casper Van Dien has never been a great actor but he always brings something interesting to his roles. He has fun with this role & chews the scenery with it. He always plays the good guy, I’ve only seen him play a villain maybe once before but that’s it. I actually love how they reversed the cliches here because Van Dien is usually the hero & McDonough is the villain, it’s a nice change. Annabeth Gish is under-rated & always a quality addition to any cast. This was much better than expected, I had lots of fun with it & it was entertaIning!!!!
Let’s talk about the presentation & special features from Mill Creek Entertainment! This (1:78:1) widescreen transfer looks better than you would think for a low budget production. The English: Dolby Digital 5.1 track is solid. The dialogue is very clean, the music has a nice boost to it, & all the action is elevated here. It has English SDH subtitles. It has the almost 3 minute “An Inside Look”. It has the almost 3 minute “Rogues Gallery”. It has the almost 3 minute “The Breaker Family”. It has the almost 3 minute “Prepare for Battle”. It has interviews with all the main cast & various others from the production. They chat about the story, concept, action, the characters, & their experience on it. They talk about how important family is for this feature. All the extras are very similar. It has a “Trailer” for the film plus various other “Trailers”. It was also released on blu ray. It comes with a digital code. It’s available everywhere right now, CHECK IT OUT!!!!