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I will have to give some other Kevin Sorbo films a view as a result of this.
This was a made for TV western about a preacher (Kevin Sorbo) who looses his wife and daughter, murdered by the henchmen of a powerful and greedy land barren played by Klaus Hauser. I saw his name at the beginning credits but did not recognise him until well into the movie. He played the part well. Sorbo, as The Preacher, turns from a man of God to a bounty hunter exacting revenge, but his actions nag at his conscience. Eventually he comes to an understanding of who he is and what he needs to do. Fine performance by Mr. Sorbo.
This is more than a moderately entertaining western. They did a good job keeping the story flowing especially considering the limitations that network television puts on time. It could have used a little more time given to background details, but it wasn't available. It still makes sense though. I'd recommend this whether or not you are a Sorbo fan.
Critique: Sorry to disappoint all the Sorbo fans out there (which I am one of) but this is not a -5 Star- film. The first thing I found to be quite noticeable was the abrupt breaks in the presentation which of course one should expect in a film made for television. However in this case these interruptions were especially annoying because the storyline always seemed to have advanced during the intermission leaving the viewer to feel as though something had been missed. I also found the dialogue to be predictable and uninspired leading to stilted, predictable and one-dimensional performances.
As for Kevin Sorbo? Sorbo is at his best when he is allowed to inject humor and whimsy into his performance. Here in `Avenging Angel' he was confined in a role requiring a stoic, sullen individual. Such a portrayal doesn't play to Kevin's talents and hence doesn't deliver the type of performance his fans have come to expect and enjoy.
Positives: Kevin's real life wife Sam Jenkins has a small role at the beginning of the film as his soon to be deceased wife. It's always nice to see them on the screen together.
My Rating: Worth a watch, but probably not something to add to your permanent DVD collection unless you're a big fan of the big guy, -3 Stars-.
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Very nice, for someone thats a western fan and a fan of Kevin Sorbo.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
If you like Sorbo I'm sure you will enjoy this film. If not, iffy.Published 7 months ago by David W. Barsness
Have enjoyed watching this movie in the past, so we purchased it for our "gallery. Entertaining and clean. Excellent family movie and western.Published 13 months ago by G-MA