‘The Highwaymen’ Is a Runaway Failure

Ryan Ash, Staff Writer

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Though at times Netflix can produce good original content, its new film, “The Highwaymen,” disappoints at most every turn.

Starring Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson as two aged, retired Texas Rangers, the movie is set in the Depression-era United States, where Bonnie and Clyde are on a mass-murderin’ crime spree all across the nation. The Texas governor tasks Costner and Harrelson with hunting down Bonnie and Clyde by any means necessary, and the rest of the movie follows their attempts to locate and kill them.

What could have been a climactic and awe-inspiring Western was heavily weighed down by bad dialogue and mediocre acting. Too often would a character say something way out of character and break all immersion I was having with the story.

Oftentimes the movie would suddenly cut between scenes with no warning, and several times this was done in a way that left me confused about what was happening for minutes.

For a movie that marketed itself as a drama/thriller and action movie, the action scenes in this film were simply atrocious. Many times throughout the shootout and fight scenes I would be acutely aware of the shoddy camera work and plain lame effects. Along with the bad dialogue, these features made the movie feel like a clown show.

The final mistake this movie made was with its run time. For what it’s about, two hours and 12 minutes is far too long. Multiple times throughout the film I felt as if I was re-watching the same scenes over and over. The Texas Rangers spend the majority of the movie driving around the United States looking for Bonnie and Clyde, often chasing down false leads and red herrings. This got boring pretty quickly and made the movie feel like a slog.

At nearly every point, “The Highwaymen” falls short. From its character development to plot to even the action sequences, it simply doesn’t hit the mark. If you’re looking for a good movie, look elsewhere.

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