MOVIE REVIEWS: Dust Of War

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There’s nothing better than a first time feature film director with vision, style, and a texture to his storytelling. When they end up finding the means to complete this vision of theirs, we, the audience, are given a wonderful gift. With the help of a Kickstarter campaign and a plethora of brilliant talent, director Andrew Kightlinger pulls together an indie film worth your attention. A post-apocalyptic action/drama which strives to be original, interesting, and thought provoking, succeeding on all fronts.
Abel (Steven Luke) is a soldier sent to infiltrate the camp of the crazed General Chizum (Bates Wilder) to rescue a young girl named Ellie (Jordan McFadden) who is imprisoned there. This isn’t just any girl, she is a gift and the possible savior of humanity and he will go to great lengths to get her where she needs to be. War vet Tom Dixie (Gary Graham) and small-time crook Klamp (Hank Ostendorf) are along for the trek, helping them out every step of the way. It’s not an easy trip and Chizum is hot on their heels, they seek refuge with a group of nomads led by Jebediah Strumm (Doug Jones) and Crispus Hansen (Tony Todd). They can only hide for so long before they have to face the enemy, cementing their fates as well as the rest of human-kind.
Dust of War is a beautiful and polished film, stunning visuals with an amazing ensemble cast. While much of the cast is relatively unknown, veterans Graham, Todd, and especially Doug Jones are fantastic in their respective roles. Luke and McFadden have a tremendous amount of youthful energy which should engage viewers. The story has a slow start but it unfolds beautifully while feeling as if it’s only the beginning of a much larger story. Kightlinger’s direction is that of a skilled craftsman, introducing us to a new world, a devastated world searching for hope in the nothingness.
With a killer cast and expert direction, Dust of War should stand out amongst the recent crop of post-apocalyptic films as being a stellar example of what can be done on a limited budget. It just goes to show if you have the perfect story to tell in your voice, the rest of the pieces will fall into place. It may not be for everyone but if you’re more of a thinker, then this is one you shouldn’t miss.

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