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September Dawn
DVD disk
01.10.2008 By: Quigles
September Dawn order
Director:
Christopher Cain

Actors:
Jon Voight
Trent Ford
Tamara Hope

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
MORMONS ARE EVIL. And, uh, I guess THIS, too.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I'm not sure why I should hate SEPTEMBER DAWN more, for its shameless anti-Mormon propaganda, its painfully trivialized and biased retelling of a historical event, its horrendously clichéd and melodramatic storytelling, or its blatant hypocritical agenda against fanaticism told from a fanatical standpoint. Actually, I think I may be even more offended simply by how unrelentingly boring it is.

None of the film looks authentic. Everything feels exactly like it is: a bunch of actors wearing costumes and fake beards, and using fake props. The plot is even worse, mixing a dumbed down and exaggerated retelling of history and a terrible one-note ROMEO & JULIET style love story. Here's a breakdown of what to expect...

Cringe-inducing love story bullshit.

CUT TO:

Mormons being evil.

CUT TO:

Cringe-inducing love story bullshit.

CUT TO:

Mormons being evil.

And so on and so forth for about 90 minutes. Of course, this eventually culminates at the end in a 10-minute montage of innocent kids and women being shot and stabbed in slow motion, as they collapse dramatically to the ground. I might've felt bad for laughing had it not been executed in the most piss-poor fashion imaginable.

Believe it or not though, it gets worse. The lead girl manages to survive the slaughter (she hides behind some... grass), and the Mormon boy that loves her manages to show up just as his brother is about to shoot her. The brother is, I kid you not, completely drenched in blood while wearing Native American garments, with a crazed look in his eyes. Is the girl going to survive? Of course not, this is a tragedy. (And believe me when I say, I haven't spoiled anything. All of this was foreshadowed about as subtly as a sledgehammer to the genitals. About as entertaining, too.) But it's not the brother that kills her, it's the most evil Mormon of all... his father, played by Jon Voight! That sick Mormon son of a bitch!

Naturally, emotional music swells in the background as the girl looks down at her... stomach, I think? It's hard to tell, since there's only blood and no bullet wound. Anyway, she looks down dramatically, her eyes filled with tears, and looks at the boy she loves. It takes her about five minutes to fall down (any of this sounding familiar?), and afterwards her and the boy share some completely original dialogue where he says crap like, "It's OK, we'll get to California and everything will be OK," and she says, "I don't think I'm going to make it to California." Then she dies, he cries, and viewers are out 110 minutes and their dignity.
THE EXTRAS
Just the two featurettes.

Descendents: Remembering the Tragedy (10:00): An examination of the event from the perspective of the survivors.

True Events: A Historical Perspective (8:00): A piece on the film's historical accuracy.

There are also a collection of Previews.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
There's probably an interesting story that could be made here about how religious views can become dangerous in the hands of extremists, but that's not what the filmmakers behind SEPTEMBER DAWN had in mind. They wanted more to throw up the torches and pitchforks while chanting, "See? SEE? Mormons are Nazis and terrorists! Look at how evil they are!" I'm surprised they didn't just give every Mormon in the film sharp fangs and glowing red eyes. Maybe that was too subtle for them.
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