To Sequel?

April 11, 2016

To Sequel or Not to Sequel: Close Range


Close Range was a fun actioner from 2015 and starred Scott Adkins as new badass on the block Colton MacReady.

When I spoke to writer Chad Law a while back he discussed his inspiration for the character:

Shane, my co-writer and I, really just kind of saw MacReady as a true anti-hero. Not some good guy who’s just sort of bad like a Jack Sparrow or whatever but more of a bad guy who’s just maybe sort of sparingly good, if that makes sense. A bit how I always saw the Snake Plissken character in John Carpenter’s ESCAPE movies. He’s a guy who’s in it for himself unless the tide just happens to turn and he can’t not intervene or be involved.

I liked the idea that in any other movie he might very well be the bad guy but here, in this story, he just happens to be the good guy due to circumstance and from this story’s perspective. Like Christian Slater said about Sonny Chiba in TRUE ROMANCE “he ain’t so much a good guy as he is just a bad motherfucker…he gets paid by people to fuck guys up.” That was sort of the genesis, that sort of general idea. It’s just that here, in this story, they messed with Colton’s family and he comes to help, even if almost begrudgingly seeming at times.

To me, that’s far too interesting a character to only see in one film; I would love to see him busting heads again, maybe in a TV series where he is a drifter going from town to town and helping people… kinda like a one man A-Team.

The only problem with Close Range was the story struggled to fill out an entire movie which is why we got pointless scenes like the introduction of the Mexican Cartel villains who were merely disposable goons.

Adkins and Isaac truly are a great action team and when they work together we get some of the best action you’ll see.

Close Range went straight to DVD so it’s difficult to tell if it made any profit whatsoever but if we were to get a sequel then I would be game.

Would you watch a sequel?

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Eoin Friel
Eoin Friel
I grew up watching JCVD, Sly and Arnold destroy bad guys, blow things up and spew one-liners like it's a fashion statement. Action is everything I go to the movies for and the reason I came up with this site is to share my love for the genre with everyone. We also want to help promote new talent whether you're making blockbusters, low-budget Indie movies or fan films; if it's action, it's awesome.



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