Former teen film critic. Now post production ronin.
There's this weird tic in made for TV movies, usually of Sci Fi Channel caliber, where people use firearms when it has been abundantly made clear that they are useless. They paid for the prop and squib rigs, so by god they're going to use them. It adds nothing to the film, but we'll make sure there's a few extra bangs going on. This...has that. And it's made worse by a semi decent opening that they can't reach with the rest of the film.
What could have been a great Western take on They Shoot Horses Don't They, with the brutal physical toll making people question if two grand is enough plays it too safe, and decides to have a tacked on action sequence of little consequence. Still, some good moments, such as Ben Johnson's illiterate cowpoke has a great monologue, and we could probably hang around with Hackman and Coburn for a series of early 20th century adventures.