Seraphim Falls (2006)

Dir. Don van Achen
Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Liam Neeson, etc.
5/10

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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