2015 Dallas International Film Festival: Echoes of War
Kane Senes’ Echoes of War is one of those western stories in the vein of Unforgiven and Pale Rider. The film is full of rich, fully realized characters and smoldering intensity splashed across gorgeous cinematography.
The year is 1866, and the bloodiest conflict in American history—the Civil War—has recently come to an end. Miles away in the isolated countryside of Texas are two neighboring families: The Rileys and the McCluskeys. The Rileys trap animals and sell their pelts for a meager living, while the McCluskeys—having lost their proud cattle business to the war—steal from the weaker Riley family.
That is, until Wade, a favorite uncle of the Riley children and an embattled war veteran, visits his family to find reprieve from the horrors he has seen. Wade learns of the McCluskeys’ mis-doings and takes it upon himself to put a stop to them. Before long, he finds himself with another war on his hands—this time it’s one of his own making.