Seraphim Falls (2006)

Dir. Don van Achen
Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Liam Neeson, etc.

I’m not going to recommend this to any idiots. Penny and John might like this, but I’d guess not that much. My rating should be taken with a grain of salt as I don’t know if I fully understand the film, particularly the last act.

Pierce Brosnan and Liam Neesen in a Western seemed promising, and the movie literally starts off with a bang. A man (Brosnan) alone in the mountains is suddenly shot. He takes off while a group of men, including Liam Neeson’s character. We don’t know who these people are or why they’re trying to kill Brosnan’s character. And thus begins a chase after Brosnan. If that sounds good, I agree. But the final makes a radical change towards the end.

This chase portion of the film was pretty engaging. Brosnan, often with only the use of a huge Bowie knife, reminded me of Rambo. But the last section of the film lost me. At that point the film seemed to turn into a dreamlike meditation on the futility of revenge. Who were the Native American character and the female peddler that appear out of nowhere and what was their significance? I have no idea. The filmmakers seem to say that revenge is futile at the end, but the way the film made this point seemed pretty hollow.

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