Texas Rising (2015) Not rated

 

There have been numerous complaints by viewers of about the historical inaccuracy of the series, particularly concerning the alleged affair between Sam Houston and Emily Morgan, a slave.  Apparently, her brother was not at the Alamo, the buildings were all wrong, and the survivors were not hauled away by the Mexicans.  Many of the settings in the series do not look right because the film was not made in Texas.  The biggest compliant is about a character named Lorca that survives the Alamo and then goes on a mad revenge binge killing Mexicans including women and children.  He creates his own army and challenges Houston’s authority by demanding the death of Santa Ana without success.  None of that actually happened.  The Brendan Frasier character that often inexplicably performs Indian rituals and forgoes his rifle for a bow and arrow in the heat of battle is a bit of a stretch to believe as well.  It is never fully explained why he adopts Indian customs, fighting tactics, and dress.  Finally, the song “The Yellow Rose of Texas” used in the series was not written until 1859.

The series definitely has a pro-American bias.  It is unabashed in its attempt to glorify Texas heroes.  The series accurately portrays the fact that Mexicans were on both sides in the conflict, a fact that earlier films often missed.  It has a lot negative stereotypes of Mexicans, however.  The Native Americans are definitely portrayed in the manner of “the only good Indian is a dead Indian”.  They are always shown as threatening, vicious, and ruthless.  No doubt, many will find this series offensive.  I would, if I were Indian or Mexican.  I can’t help feeling that the series would be quite different if it were made from their perspective.

The series contains numerous sexual references and even a few sex scenes.  It has a lot of crude humor and cursing.  It has a generally gritty character to it.  I suppose that they were trying to make the heroes seem more human.  I would not use it in a classroom without extensive editing, and under no circumstances would it be worth showing in its entirety because it is very long and many scenes are unimportant or contain imaginary characters or events.  All in all, the 2004 movie, The Alamo does a much better job of telling the story although it limited to just that one battle and does not tell the whole story of the war.

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