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Boon Carson has seen better days. In his heart, he's a cowboy, a bull-rider - but due to a bad ride and a broken back, Boon was forced into a new line of work - enforcement. I'm not talking about law enforcement, or security even... I'm talking about the bone-breaking, gun-wielding kind of enforcer that generally works for a thug. When being a bull-rider is your life, and you can no longer compete on the circuit, there are generally not a lot of options left that can pay a decent wage. Yet Boon is growing tired of this life, and with his mother falling ill, terminally, it's up to him to take care of things.
Speaking of taking care of things, Boon's mother has fallen behind on her house payments, and now the bank is looking to foreclose. Using his earnings Boon decides to buy the family home himself; but even that doesn't go his way - another shit situation within an entire string of shit situations. You see reader, not wanting Boon to leave his employment, his thuggish boss has decided to buy the family home himself, and force Boon to work for him until he decides Boon can quit. He also wants a job done, one that will force Boon to betray those he calls family. The stakes are high but with no other choice, Boon begins planning this one last job - his way.
Coming straight from Brett Bentman and his crew, I expected a great film before even hitting the play button. I wasn't disappointed. Am I biased? Perhaps a tad, but that's a good thing right? It's no different than expecting, and loving a film from your favorite "A list" director - or having an actor you prefer to watch onscreen. With that said, I have no qualms recommending "The Rodeo Thief" to anyone who enjoys a solid flick - especially one with a western flare. "The Rodeo Thief" is not my favorite Bentman film, but still one hell of a ride none the less. See what I did there?
The general plot I've already outlined above, but there's so much more here. We have major forays into family - and friends who might as well be family. The bonds of blood, the bonds of friendship, respect, and loyalty are all big parts of this production. "The Rodeo Thief" also brushes on themes of depression and doing what has to be done. No matter the cost. A statement is made in this movie about having to make a choice. Something awful or something worse... and that one line really hit me. So many times we, as human beings, are forced to make dreadful decisions - with no right path in sight. It's a quick moment in the film, but I feel will have a lasting impression for me.
Regarding technical stuff? I don't have much to say. A few awkward, but scarce audio issues, and perhaps an overdramatic delivery or two - but generally speaking... this film looks and sounds great. Again, no surprise there. For an indie flick with a larger than normal cast, I always love it when nothing stands out as bad - performance-wise. They say no comment is a compliment... and I agree.
The short and sweet of it? A really good film featuring a really good story, some great performances, and a pacing that makes this production fly by quickly. Four stars, easy. Oh, and by the way, I loved the world-building bit at the very end. A clever, and fun way to tie some of these stories together.