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What A Ride!
Reviewed in the United States on July 11, 2019
While not necessarily historically correct, Hell on Wheels gives us a glimpse into the past to an event that changed America forever. If you are a history buff, love trains, or looking for a good adventure, this is it. We watched this when it aired on A&E and eagerly awaited each episode. Rarely does anything attract my attention like that.
Character development was solid. Anson Mount played a seasoned, shrewd Civil War soldier struggling to find his place and those responsible for the death of his wife. Personally, I found him to be a likable character. Interesting, however, how he played both sides against the middle, so-to-speak.
Colm Meany was a shrewd businessman whom you loved to hate. While he performed his role well, I still think the part was more suited for a different actor. Still, he played a bad guy well.
The photography was really breathtaking in spots. You can appreciate this on a big screen. We have the benefit of a 65' 4K set and the scenery is phenomenal. The remastering to Blu-ray was done well, so this is no direct transfer from DVD as many shows and movies presented on BD tend to be. Although the shots of the trains were good, I do think they could have been a little better. I know, this isn't about the trains but the story surrounding the Continental Railroad.
I stated earlier that this is not entirely historically accurate. So, it is NOT a documentary series. I do not believe the writers intended to be historically accurate anyway. They wanted to tell the story their way. And they did it quite well. This is really entertaining and engrossing. Highly recommended.
Like Star Trek, this can be watched over and over again.