End of the Rope

2023

Crime / Mystery

4
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 76%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 76%
IMDb Rating 4.5/10 10 291 291

Director

Top cast

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1.25 GB
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English 2.0
PG-13
23.976 fps
2 hr 19 min
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2.57 GB
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English 5.1
PG-13
23.976 fps
2 hr 19 min
Seeds 47

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by el_brizue 7 / 10

It's a good movie, but it's slow. It would've been better as a miniseries.

First thing first. Objectively speaking, the movie is good on all technical levels. It's also a good re-telling of an historical fact.

I've read someone saying "the fire at the beggining is all fiction" this is not true. The fiction is that being the sheriff's family. But it's recorded "the Schafer community also believed Bannon murdered three children of another family he had worked for and burnt their house". You can even google this if you don't believe me.

So basically, the adaptation of real facts is not "fiction" in a way that deserves critique. All movies based on a true story "stretch" the truth a bit to fit it in the narrative. But overall, you can't tell me this movie doesn't actually attempt to depict the facts of the town with sincerity.

It should be told, that the movie doesn't take a strong stance regarding lynching and the death penalty. It just narrates the story, and shows you the grim reality of it all. There's no propaganda involved. It's very objective in this regard, which I respect.

It's not a movie I regret watching. But It's not a movie I'll rewatch a lot. Everything on it was good. But you can't the deny the movie is slow. Too slow for it's own good. The movie would've worked better with a runtime of 1h:30 minutes. Or as a miniseries divided into three weekly episodes. It's a good docu-film. It's just not a fun movie to watch. You can watch the first hour easily. But I had to watch the second hour the day after.

Reviewed by kylehagenaz 3 / 10

Sadly, a work of fiction, NOT a docudrama.

The last 20 seconds of the ending film credits tells it all, it is a work of fiction. Sadly, I was really looking forward to this film, as I read the book, but I was really disappointed for many reasons. Both sides of my family for 3 generations lived in the Watford City, ND area, and many generations of both sides of my family are buried in the Schafer Cemetery. I grew-up hearing about the brutal Bannon crimes committed on the Haven family farm, who are also buried in the Schafer Cemetery. The film is entirely too long and slow. The invented fire backstory was fiction, and only made Bannon seem sympathetic, which historically he was not! Charles Bannon, by my relatives firsthand accounts, was a greedy, ruthless murderer of men, women, and children. The code of silence from the lynching in and around Schafer and Watford City, North Dakota persists until today, almost 93 years later. My grandfather showed me photos of Bannon in a Watford City museum when I was young, and he appeared to be the embodiment of evil. Conversely, the actor in this film looked like an alter boy. This film was a REAL missed opportunity to tell a truly tragic history, and while laws were broken, justice prevailed. Hopefully, someday, there will be a more accurate and chilling 'reboot' of this film and story.

Reviewed by connorundrumme 3 / 10

Got suckered into this when it was rated a 7.

It'd be curious that a journalist who covered the case in person at the time was entirely written out of this 'based on a true story' film (they have one guy show up with a camera and he gets shooed off right away - twice, and speaks no lines.), except that this is, at the least, a half-fictionalized account. Meanwhile, it spends a languorous amount of time showing a mob gin itself up with hate-rage inside a church.

There are also no historical facts recorded that 22-yr-old Bannon burned down a family home with three children in it. None. This is adding an extra justification for the hanging that never existed.

The pacing is somewhat uneven, with a few needless stretches of filler content. That stuff could've been replaced by scenes depicting the murdered family members' characters instead. But nope, the victims are totally invisible in this. Any of the action and drama that lead to the crimes being committed is also left out. Was this done out of respect or neglect?

So, it's rather poorly written, and has silly dialogue at times. And, while it's hardly unlikely to have occurred, it just seems ridiculous to hand out badges and guns for a manhunt to what are clearly depicted as a bunch of unruly townie hotheads. One of the actors in the posse couldn't even ride a horse right during the chase scenes.

Also, are they kidding?: The sheriff hands the prisoner a sliced open can with the jagged lid still on it?! Suicidal/homicidal opportunities much? I mean, yeah, they totally didn't protect the accused while in jail IRL, which lead to his death instead of a trial, but Come On!

Sadly, the production overall just isn't very good. It's noticeably amateurish on many levels, but most markedly in the script, direction, and the acting. Chris Bylsma as state attorney Sam Taylor, and Joseph Bezenek as the town's alcoholic, sexist crap-stirrer, Jarvis, give noticeably uneven performances that are less than believable throughout. Joseph Gray is quite good when not directed to be overly stone-faced, anguished, or aggressive.

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