[ONE NIGHT ONLY] In 1887, 30 Chinese gold miners were murdered by a small group of white men on the Oregon side of Hells Canyon, but the story was lost until a Wallowa County clerk stumbled across forgotten legal evidence a century later. The six men and boys charged with the massacre slid by unconvicted, and Massacred for Gold purports to be a fascinating historical mystery based on R. Gregory Nokes’ nonfiction book of the same name. Unfortunately, filmmakers Jennifer Anderson and Vernon Lott effectively massacre any intrigue. Their documentary is a series of Ansel Adams-like shots and blurry archival photos with the Ken Burns effect applied. The monotone rumble of Robert Longstreet’s coma-inducing narration provides little respite from long shots set to mournful acoustic folk. Far from its enticing premise and headline, “murder will out,” Massacred for Gold instead prompts sleepy flashbacks to seventh-grade history class.
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- Release Date: Monday, April 8, 2013
- Critic's Score: D
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