Kevin Sorbo’s “Shadow on the Mesa” – A Good Old-Fashioned Western!
Greetings, everyone, I am trying so diligently to catch up with your excellent stories and artwork. My humblest apologies for my tardiness. Please don’t be offended if I post some stuff out of order… I’m just trying to keep up with Kevin, and as we all know, he is an amazingly busy guy!
To that end, here is Rhonda’s review of Kevin’s excellent film, “Shadow on the Mesa.” I think the artwork is from our good friend Malena, but I’m not sure.
Without further adieu, here is Rhonda’s review:
“Shadow on the Mesa” – A Good Old-Fashioned Western!
I grew up watching westerns, and Kevin’s latest (film), “Shadow on the Mesa,” took me back to those days in a big way. Kevin doesn’t play the hero here, although he is a good guy by Western (film) standards, his character, Ray Eastman, is a rancher fighting to keep his land.
The man who wants it, Peter Dowdy, played superbly by Greg Evigan, is in cahoots with Ray’s wife, Mona (played by Gail O’Grady), to achieve his goal. Things take a shocking turn when a young bounty hunter, Wes Rawlins (Wes Brown), shows up at the ranch with news that will stun Ray – (that) his first wife, Mary, who he believed had been dead for 30 years, had been alive until her recent murder.
At first, Ray thinks this is some sort of con game until Wes shows him the locket he gave Mary years earlier. Later, as the war for Ray’s land heats up, he learns that Wes is the son he never knew he had. Wes joins up with Ray and his two new-found siblings, Chuck and Rosalie, to defend their land.
Without giving too much away, you can look for an old-fashioned shoot out.
I really loved Kevin’s performance here, especially when Ray finds out that Wes is his son. The emotions he showed were extremely powerful and illustrated the love he had for Mary and his regret that he never got to be a father to Wes as he was to his two other children. However, as Wes gets to know his father and siblings, he comes to appreciate and love them, although he never actually said it.
Of the three westerns Kevin has done, this is the first one where he doesn’t ride a horse or wagon. Ray was thrown by a horse and ended up with a bum leg, so he limps most of the time. The frustration at not being able to defend his land and his family more than he does shows on his face. I thought it was quite comical when Mona called her husband, “Old Man,” and he responded by saying, “I’ll still have a few good years left in me, woman,” or something close to that. I think it was evidence of the chemistry between Kevin and Gail… the two had known each other for a long time and worked together very well.
This story and the characters were very believable, and gave us a look into what people of that day had to endure to keep their homes and family together. If you get the chance to see it, you will enjoy it very much.
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