Estevez is a cowboy everyone refers to as Cowboy a deliberate nod to Clint Eastwoods Man with No Name of Sergio Leones beloved Dollars trilogy. The rootin-tootin sharpshooter partners with greasy Confederate soldier Dooley (William Forsythe, The Rig), who possesses one-fourth of a map that will lead them to treasure. Only former NFL star/Radio Shack pitchman Howie Long stands in their way. And Union soldiers. And Spaniards. And loads and loads of gunfire.
With flashy angles and scenarios that defy physics, the telepic takes aim at aping Robert Rodriguezs Desperado shenanigans while paying tribute to the spaghetti Westerns of yesteryear. With slow-motion shootouts set to opera and that sort of thing, youre getting all style, no substance, but I'm OK with that in an exercise like this.
For its inevitable lags and limitations, Dollar for the Dead has its heart in the right place. Its much more earnest than the 1993 collaboration between Estevez and writer/director Gene Quintano, the buddy-cop spoof National Lampoons Loaded Weapon 1. This one doesnt have that ones repeat value, but its good for a few minutes more. Rod Lott