Prairie Fever – A Review

Growing up I watched a lot of westerns, and musicals.  Both allowed me to escape, for a short while, life as I knew it.  My particular favourites within the western genre were those featuring John Wayne and my favourite of those was True Grit.  So, when I say Prairie Fever is a good western I mean it in every sense.  It is not a western of the John Wayne type  with cowboys, army and indians, but it does give the same sense of escapism and adventure found in the old films.Prairie Fever potrays a romanticised (as most Hollywood films do) idea of individual hardship in the old west, getting away from the constant people fighting against each other.  This film concentrates more on the personal fight, the fight within each person/character to survive whatever hardships that come their way.Kevin Sorbo plays the main character Preston Biggs, once sheriff and now out of work alcoholic who has to take four women from Clearwater to Carson City, a journey that takes about a week.  Three of the four women have ‘prairie fever’ the fourth he has picked up on the road.  Each of these characters have their own story of hardship and this journey is not only a journey to Carson City but one where each of them finds the courage to survive and in some cases actually live their lives beyond just survival.  Of course there are a couple of bad guys thrown in to keep things interesting and there is a gun fight for those who might feel short changed without one  :-)I would rather not give too much of the story away, sufice to say the good guys are triumphant.This is a very enjoyable film and one worth giving some consideration to when next you are choosing a film to watch.  I’d also like to point out that this film has bits for both male and female.  It has the rough outdoors, barfights and gunfights for the guys and along side that is the female and love story 🙂


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