Some of the greatest legends of the Old West gather to help lawman Wyatt Earp right a particularly grievous wrong in the Western action-drama Wyatt Earp's Revenge
. The presence of Val Kilmer may be the film's key draw for viewers hoping to see a colorful turn like his Doc Holliday from Tombstone
, but the actor is largely relegated to voice-over duty as an aged Earp recalling his younger days (embodied by Shawn Roberts) and the pursuit of outlaw Spike Kenedy (Daniel Booko), who murdered his sweetheart (American Idol
finalist Diana DeGarmo). When Earp's attempts to secure a warrant are blocked by a Dodge City judge who's secretly on the payroll of Kenedy's powerful father (country star Trace Adkins), he enlists the help of Bat Masterson (Matt Dallas), deputy Charlie Bassett (Scott Whyte), and the formidable Bill Tilghman (Levi Fiehler) to bring the badman to justice. Wyatt Earp's Revenge
is built on an appealing premise--a sort of Old West Justice League
--but the production is lackadaisically paced and fumbles a potentially exciting climax by compressing the pursuit of Kenedy into a bland montage. The cast also lacks the gravitas to embody these larger-than-life figures: Roberts and Dallas are woefully miscast as Earp and Masterson, and Adkins's presence is whittled down to a cameo, which undercuts the idea that he presents any sort of conflict for the heroes. Kilmer, too, coasts through his turn, though there's little for him to actually do beyond provide some cracker-barrel narration and deliver a final-act reveal regarding his youthful interviewer. Western fans who favor the lower-wattage payoff of early TV oaters or the '60s-era B-shootouts of A.C. Lyles may find Wyatt Earp's Revenge
a comfortable callback to the past; others will most likely find their patience tried by its made-for-TV scope. Extras are limited to a forgettable making-of featurette. --Paul Gaita
Based on the true story of the legendary lawman, Earp recounts how he brought together the Best of the West to avenge the vicious murder of his beloved Dora. Joined by the famed Bat Masterson, Charlie Bassett, Bill Tilghman and Doc Holliday, Earp rides after the Kenedy brothers, who are on a murder spree that spans from Dodge City to Mexico. Protected by their powerful father, the ruthless brothers know that the law won't touch them - but they gravely underestimated Earp and his posse. Featuring Shawn Roberts, Matt Dallas, Grammy(r) nominated Country Music artist Trace Adkins and Val Kilmer.