Soon after fighting side-by-side in the U.S. Civil War, rough-and-tumble Sheriff John Breaker and his by-the-book son Cal reunite to deliver an arrest warrant to John’s former Union Army buddy, “The Saint.” Now the fiercest gang leader west of the Mississippi, The Saint frequently raids vulnerable Southern supply lines, threatening to pull the entire country back to the brink of conflict. With the post-war peace at risk, John must leave the comfort of his home and wife to track down The Saint before it is too late. After The Saint pins down father and son in a lethal firefight, John finds himself face-to-face with the ghosts of his past. The Warrant is a thrilling, action-packed Western adventure starring Neal McDonough (Yellowstone, Captain America, Band of Brothers, Red 2), Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers, Tarzan), Steven R. McQueen (The Vampire Diaries, Chicago Fire), and Annabeth Gish (X-Files, The Haunting of Hill House).
The Warrant is an action-packed movie that is part western, part Civil War, and all about the reckoning that one must face for past deeds. Neal McDonough stars as Sheriff John Breaker, who is seeking a killer named Virgil, also known as “The Saint” (Casper Van Dien). Virgil was a union soldier with Breaker during the war, but his son was shot and died. He blamed the war and Lincoln and is now a murdererand–along with a gang–on the run.
Breaker’s own son, Cal (Steven R. McQueen), is now a marshal and although his relationship with his father has been strained at times, he joins his father in attempting to bring Virgil to justice. The movie moves back and forth between Civil War action and shooting and killing to the current pursuit of “The Saint” and his men.
The filmdoes a good job in showing what can go on in a soldier’s mind who has suffered great loss. One soldier says, “It lasted four years. It felt like four hundred.” There are several scenes of shooting with only a small amount of blood. People do fall to the ground, dead. For these reasons we are awarding the movie our Dove seal for Ages 12+.
The Dove Take:
This explosive movie shows the strains of war in a realistic fashion, one that will elicit sympathy from the viewer.