Seraphim Falls (2006, Revenge Chase Western) – 6/10 movie review

Cast / crew
Director: David Von Ancken
Writer: David Von Ancken
Writer: Abby Everett Jaques
Pierce Brosnan: Gideon
Liam Neeson: Carver
Michael Wincott: Hayes
Xander Berkeley: Railcrew Foreman
Ed Lauter: Parsons
Tom Noonan: Minister Abraham
Kevin J. O’Connor: Henry
John Robinson: Kid
Angie Harmon: Rose
Anjelica Huston: Madame Louise

Seraphim Falls (2006)

Gideon, owner of the world’s biggest coat, is being pursed by Carver, owner of the world’s second biggest coat, and his posse. Though there’s probably more to it than that.

6/10

While Seraphim Falls starts brilliantly as Liam Neeson and his men hunt Pierce Brosnan, this tidy western deflates it’s own tension way too early (when Brosnan spends the night at a house mid-chase) and co-writer / director David Von Ancken never gets it back. It didn’t need the stops with civilisation along the way; all that really mattered is the drama of a pursuer and the pursued. However, there’s plenty here to admire including an uncommon snowy backdrop, a story with subtext to extract (while Brosnan’s character being called Gideon and the film Seraphim Falls is certainly not a coincidence, I don’t know what it means), Pierce Brosnan on excellent form, and Wes Studi and Anjelica Huston agreeably materialising late on.

This movie contains two sexual swear words and brief graphic gun and knife violence, gory and unpleasant scenes, unpleasant scenes of treating a bullet wound.

 

Classified 15 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over.

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