Seraphim Falls (15)

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Mon Aug 20 2007

David Von Ancken’s relentless pursuit western completely bypasses an opening credits sequence and cuts straight to the chase. It opens in the wilderness with Pierce Brosnan’s Davy Crockett character, Gideon, being shot at from afar. He’s clearly been through this scenario one too many times before and now we, the audience, are invited to tag along for the rest of the way. It’s a rollicking start to a conceptual, post-American Civil War story that simply never lets up. It transpires that his pursuer, Carver (Liam Neeson), bears a huge grudge over something that happened between them during the war, and here he is – with the help of a bunch of villainous hired hands – still on Gideon’s trail.The simple premise to this action-filled, occasionally gruesome cat-and-mouse adventure could easily have been written on the back of a postage stamp. Yet it’s to Von Ancken’s credit that he’s managed to make a film of it at all. True, the overweight middle section is repetitive, contrived and, well, boring. But at least the views are spectacular and Brosnan, especially, is likeably quirky. Some critics have expressed disappointment at the surreal ending, but I rather liked it.
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15

UK release:

Fri Aug 24, 2007

Duration:

111 mins

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GelS

Watched in 2012/3, this film was more deliberate and studied than slow/boring, but it held our attention. Both main protaganists put in strong performances, and the filming was fresh and obviously on location. A worthwhile viewing.

GelS

Watched in 2012/3, this film was more deliberate and studied than slow/boring, but it held our attention. Both main protaganists put in strong performances, and the filming was fresh and obviously on location. A worthwhile viewing.

critique

Starts well but deteriorates gradually to a poor climax. Extra star for the beautiful locations and for some sturdy characters.

critique

Starts well but deteriorates gradually to a poor climax. Extra star for the beautiful locations and for some sturdy characters.

ray

i love westerns but this was shear bordom. the first halve was good but got worse with a rubbish ending. to cap it all there was at least to jets flying in the sky, and also two trucks can be seen driving in the background at one stage?? this all just added to this very dissapointing film.

ray

i love westerns but this was shear bordom. the first halve was good but got worse with a rubbish ending. to cap it all there was at least to jets flying in the sky, and also two trucks can be seen driving in the background at one stage?? this all just added to this very dissapointing film.

Erasmus

Enjoyable film, nice to see Brosnan given the chance to act (which he does well) end was unexpected but very good

Erasmus

Enjoyable film, nice to see Brosnan given the chance to act (which he does well) end was unexpected but very good