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"Walk. Ride. Rodeo" Netflix

by Bridgette Babb - Copy Editor
Tue, Apr 30th 2019 09:15 pm

When making movies that are about actual people, Netflix tends to drop the ball for the most part. However, with the movie “Walk. Ride. Rodeo,” director Conor Allyn did a great job at capturing the overall struggles of real-life rodeo barrel racer Amberley Snyder (Spencer Locke). 

The movie begins with the audience seeing Amberley in a competition with her black stallion, Power. I could immediately tell that she had an assertive personality five minutes in because she was dissatisfied with anything that was not first place. No matter how many times her family would encourage her, letting her know that winning isn’t everything and she was one of the best in the division, she wouldn’t listen. Later she decided to take her mother’s old truck to check out a school in another state, even though her mother told her not to take the truck and that she could take her instead. I think she just felt that she did not need to be babied, hence why she wanted to go alone.

On the way to the school, Amberley got into a horrific car accident that throws her entire body out of the car and into a barbed wire fence. This is the part in the movie that makes me mad. Another car pulls up and people rush to help her, but she doesn’t act like someone who was just in a car crash. In fact, she is more bossy than ever, demanding that they bring over her phone because she cannot move her body. Eventually, paramedics arrive and take her to the emergency room. 

In the next scene, Amberley wakes up in her hospital bed and it hits her: there was no feeling in her legs. The doctor tells her and the family that the accident had disrupted her spine, leaving her paralyzed from the waist down for the rest of her life. My heart felt for her in this moment, because I know how it feels to be in a traumatic accident and feel helpless. 

We see Amberley reluctant at first to take part in physical therapy, giving up and feeling sorry for herself. When she encounters someone that was in a similar accident but had it worse, she makes the conscious decision to start taking her therapy serious. She insists that she will one day get back on her horse and compete again. 

When she returns home, the self pity party begins again. She gets on Power one time and makes the comment that it [riding] will never feel the same. This takes a turn however when she comes up with the idea to put a seatbelt on the saddle to help with her balance. A few more obstacles come her way and once again, she quits.

Things start to look better when she is asked to do an interview due to her inspiring story. She now begins to believe she can really get back out there and she does just that. 

While many other events take place, in my opinion, 75 percent of the original story was overshadowed due to the horrible acting done by Locke. I just could not take her seriously, but I did like how she portrayed Amberley as the resilient and strong young woman she is in real life.

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