It seems like most movies are non-stop action or so boring you may fall asleep. Shadowheart falls nicely in the middle ground.
Aside from the nice pace of development, Shadowheart lacked any "sizzle". The acting was unremarkable. The scenery was unremarkable. The plot was depressing.
There really isn't much to say about this movie. The villain is totally disgusting and so you definitely want to see the hero get revenge or justice, but the ending is really nothing more than depressing. Sure it might have been cliche to have a "successful/cheerful" ending but it would have been a lot better than how this plot failed.
Even though this is probably considered a "western romance" it really completely lacked romance. There are a couple of Native Americans that could have been great characters but the opportunity was completely lost.
Unlike many people my age (who don't quite fit into Generation X or the Millenials), I was raised watching Westerns and it is a film genre that I particularly enjoy. My parents were Baby Boomers and they made sure my siblings and I knew about Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Paladin, the Lone Ranger, and the Cisco Kid. Most of the films we watched were somewhat melodramatic with a formulaic plot that included a good dose of humor and or music. I've re-watched some of those films recently and even … more
As a boy, he saw his preacher father murdered. As a soldier, he witnessed the horrors of the Civil War. Now bounty hunter James Conners (Justin Ament) has returned to the town of Legend, New Mexico to marry the beautiful girl (Marnie Alton) he left behind and capture the psychotic land baron (Angus Macfadyen) who destroyed his childhood. But when Conners is ambushed and left for dead, he discovers a Native American world where justice has no name and vengeance rides in the shadows. Daniel Baldwin, Michael Spears (DANCES WITH WOLVES), Tonantzin Carmelo (INTO THE WEST) and William Sadler co-star in this epic western about revenge, redemption and the man the Navajo called SHADOWHEART.