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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "...Let Him Bleed..." - Seraphim Falls on BLU RAY
Both Pierce Brosnan and Liam Neeson have been putting in superb performances in their last few movies, and the first pairing of them in "Seraphim Falls" is proof that both are now genuine class acts - only getting better with age and skill. Brosnan is a revelation in Seraphim Falls (as he was in "The Matador") just as Neeson was in "Batman Returns", "Kingdom Of Heaven",...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great acting with startling backdrops, recommended viewing.
Continuing the spate of recent westerns including,, the Out-Back set The Proposition, 3:10 to Yuma, Appaloosa, and The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford among others is Seraphim Falls, an enjoyable story and worthwhile film centered around the bitter pursuit of a one time union solider, played terrifically by Pierce Brosnan, by a an ex military...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Seraphim Falls is terrific for an hour then falls away, 4 Mar 2008
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russell clarke "stipesdoppleganger" (halifax, west yorks) - See all my reviews
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The onscreen writing tells us it,s The Ruby Mountains in 1868. An un-named man (Peirce Brosnan) is seen settling down for the evening in the snowy wilderness- building a fire and cooking his supper. A shot rings out missing him narrowly but the second hits him in the arm . It transpire there is a posse on his trail ,led by taciturn Carver(Liam Neeson) and that Carver is paying these men to help him hunt this man down.
The question that will bug every viewer here is : Is the man being hunted the villain or the hero?Are the moral boundaries between the two more blurred than that? We soon learn that both men are haunted by an event in their past and when one confronts the other after a riveting chase through the unforgiving landscape the pursued who we now know is called Gideon asks what it,s all about and Carver replies "Seraphim Falls."
For an hour or so as a compelling chase ensues Seraphim Falls is terrific exciting cinema. The two leads give intense performances giving the action a harrowing realistic frisson and the support cast are excellent too. Director and TV veteran David Von Ancken also wrote the script with Abby Everett Jaques and as long as they stick to the bare bones of the story, and it,s a simple enough story , the film succeeds admirably .
However this basic premise is dragged out way tool long and for the last twenty minutes descends into metaphysical and metaphorical territory that is an attempt to invest the film with a profundity that does,nt sit easily with what has gone before.Wes Studi pops up as a aphorism dispensing Indian and then Anjelica Huston as an liniment dispensing saleswoman who succinctly points out : "You men, always choosing a gun instead of a remedy".As she drives her wagon away we see on the back it is owned by Louise C .Fair (Lucifer).
When Seraphim Falls is a movie about two protagonists shooting at each other it works. A taut lean genuinely thrilling movie with the added bonus of jaw dropping scenery , it could and should have been a modern classic western . By sticking on a well meaning but bloated conclusion the writers almost ruin what has gone before. Not quite though . For all it,s misguided profundity Seraphim Falls is still well worth watching .
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2.0 out of 5 stars Very Watchable and Very Forgettable, 24 July 2008
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Firstly,let me say that Seraphim Falls is a welcome addition to the western genre; chiefly because it was made at all in a lean time for Westerns. Secondly let me say that a story as thin as this needs so much more than great locations and earnest, talented actors. Seraphim Falls starts excitingly and a level of tension (despite some heinous editing) is pretty much maintained. Then, after Pierce Brosnan confronts a youthful outlaw, it becomes outlandish, cliched nonsense. It enters into a collection of other, better films (Shane, A Man Called Horse, Unforgiven) aping them poorly and showing itself up as corrupt of any genuine, conclusive ideas. The 'dream' sequence with Anjelica Huston is testimony to this. It's surreal ambiguity a metaphor for the second half of the film.

It seems Seraphim Falls wanted to be another brooding, silent, noir-western (like The Assasination Of Jesse James) but, unlike that excellent piece of work, it didn't have the right people where it really matters - behind the camera and on the script. Shame really. But kudos in particular to Brosnan who's post-Bond freedom (as relished in The Matador) is clearly a welcome Godsend.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An unusual and satisfying western, 18 Feb 2008
Seraphim Falls almost makes it into the territory of the great westerns. It is well acted (I haven't seen Brosnan this good in anything), beautifully shot and moves along at a wonderfully measured pace. Essentially, this is picaresque journey through the west structured around a revenge narrative. Neeson is tracking Brosnan. As the chase goes on, both parties meet interesting characters. And then they eventually meet face to face.

The film has a grit and a reality at its core, but also is alive to the sheer strangeness and multiplicity of the frontier, and the ending I found genuinely surprising. The one bum note in the film is the Neeson character's backstory which is, after all, the engine driving the whole narrative. The loss of his family is certainly reason enough for his quest, but as depicted it lacks power and drama (see, perhaps, The Outlaw Josey Wales for much more effective presentation of similar dramatic material).

Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Really Great Western/Frontier Movie Let Down By A Slightly Odd Ending, 15 April 2008
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Mark Barry "Mark Barry" (London) - See all my reviews
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Both Pierce Brosnan and Liam Neeson have been putting in superb performances in their last few movies, and the first pairing of them in "Seraphim Falls" is proof that both are now genuine class acts - only getting better with age and skill. Brosnan is a revelation in Seraphim Falls (as he was in 'The Matador') just as Neeson was in 'Batman Returns', 'Kingdom Of Heaven', and especially his Oscar-winning turn in 'Kinsey'. In their latter years, each has acquired a grizzly realism that is serving them both well and their choices in movies.

The story is fairly simple - two ex Civil War Sergeants are locked into a Frontier manhunt in 1863 - the manhunt takes them from the snowy mountain ranges, down through freezing rivers and into open pilgrim-filled ranges, through homesteads and finally to a desert area that in many ways resembles both of them - arid, empty, drained and dry. Brosnan is the hunted and Neeson the pursuer, but we only find out as the movie slowly moves on, `why' Neeson is so obsessed with hunting Brosnan's character Gideon - and not just killing him either - but making him bleed and hurt as much as possible. It's essentially a cowboy chase movie, but done with such style and intelligence, that it grips you for the first hour like a Terminator that just won't stop. The support cast are all uniformly excellent too, but it's the two leads that hold it together.

The cinematography is spectacular and the look and dialogue given to both leads, just right. It's let down though as some reviewers have rightly pointed out by an odd last twenty minutes that in many ways spoils the great journey you just made with these two essentially good men locked into the horrible aftermath of war.

Very old fashioned in ways, but hugely enjoyable - I'm reminded of 'Jeremiah Johnson' from 1971 with Robert Redford and "Black Robe" from 1991 by director Bruce Beresford (Tender Mercies and Breaker Morant) - two fantastic frontier `story' films that are rarely seen, but worth every second of your time seeking them out.

Having sat through some truly appalling films of late, Seraphim Falls was like a breath of fresh air to me - and I wish I'd seen at the movies. Recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How did I miss it?, 4 Aug 2011
This review is from: Seraphim Falls [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
This is a fantastic film that I only ordered to try out my new Blu Ray player. I couldn't have picked a better film. The story and the cinematography are superb, and Pierce Brosnan is a revelation! This is a film that was made for Blu Ray but I'm sure would look great on DVD as well. Excellent value. Give it a go.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Go as you wish. That which is yours will always return to you. That which you take will always be taken from you., 19 May 2011
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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Seraphim Falls is directed by David Von Ancken who also co-writes with Abby Everett Jaques. It stars Liam Neeson, Pierce Brosnan, Michael Wincott, Xander Berkeley, Tom Noonan, Kevin J. O'Connor, John Robinson, Ed Lauter, Wes Studi and Anjelica Huston. Music is by Harry Gregson-Williams and cinematography by John Toll.

It's post American Civil War, 1868, the Rocky Mountains, and Gideon (Brosnan) is being hunted by Colonel Morsman Carver (Neeson) and his hired killers. The reason why is not yet known, but it's the beginning of a relentless pursuit that's propelled by rage and hatred, a pursuit that will force both men to the day of reckoning.

The premise is as simple as it gets and on the surface the film holds no surprises until its divisive ending. However, before taking in the thematics of the story, it's refreshing to see a film of this genre type utilising scenery, sparse dialogue and two grizzled actors to tell its story. An obvious forebear to The Outlaw Josey Wales, Seraphim Falls is a meditation on revenge and remorse. Moments of violence flit in and out of proceedings, moments cloaked magnificently by natural surroundings, the expansive wilderness playing host to an intimate human drama. Yet it's a film pulsing with mythical atmosphere, Carver's pursuit of Gideon playing out like that of the Grim Reaper and his charges sent to capture the soul of the fleeing man. The falls of the title clearly indicating man's decent into hell, it's not for nothing that the finale is played out on a blistering plain, hellish indeed.

It's also worth noting that we the viewers are never sure who we should root for, if either of them? Gideon is on his own, but he is an immensely skilled mountain man, seemingly out skilling his pursuers, is he the bad guy here? Or is it Neeson's Carver? One is ex Union, the other Confederate, it's added spice to what develops into an intriguing journey. Where the film has irked some critics is with the ending, some calling it pretentious and a weak pay off. True enough Ancken has slackened the grip, the tight gritty tone giving way to something more open, airy even. But I like it a lot, it rounds out the supernatural feel that I had leading into the day of reckoning. It lacks dramatic impact for sure, but thematically it pays off on what had gone before it.

Brosnan (stepping in when Richard Gere bailed out) and Neeson revel in the roles, seemingly enjoying the complexities and war torn burdens that their characters carry. Their scenes together are as professional as one could wish, both men comfortably doing world weary. Wincott is on hand for gravel voiced duties, his portrayal of Hayes is cold and in keeping with the movie. The other notable names in the cast drop in and out of the narrative, each important, and in the case of Huston and Studi, suitably weird. But the real star of the show is John Toll (Braveheart/Legends of the Fall), whose photography is pristine, always remaining atmospheric, he captures the natural beauty of Oregon and New Mexico with great skill. Switiching seamlessly from the blue, grey and whites of the mountain pursuit to the browns and yellows of the salt flats. A master cinematographer at work. 8/10
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Compelling Film, 15 Sep 2010
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P. A. Gosden "Flinter" (Hampshire, England) - See all my reviews
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Mmmmmm. This has the reputation of being an excellent film with a strange ending. Precisely my own opinion. And the ending will confuse most on first viewing.
Here we have two non-Americans playing Western roles. And it works amazingly well. The viewer is thrown into the exciting plot with plenty of violence and a storyline that develops well through the film. Without giving away the ending it might help to understand that the film is not a simple shoot-e'm-up. It has an underlying theme. The final development of that theme is halucination, dehydration, heat stroke and exhaustion. Very surreal. And unexpected. I recommend this film to those who appreciate a good western coupled with first class acting and a good plot. Buy it, watch it, enjoy it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Seeking Revenge Has Its Price!, 19 Nov 2009
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This is without doubt a solid performing western adventure, based on man seeking revenge like some of the greatest Westerns from the past. So nothing different here, but what is unusual are the two main character roles of Pierce Brosnan and Liam Neeson. Both played brilliantly defined characters with total conviction from start to finish.

Gideon (Pierce Brosnan) is being hunted by Carver (Liam Neeson) accompanied with a bunch of misfits Michael Wincott, Ed Lauter and Xander Berkeley. The initial twenty minutes is a snowbound survival Western depicting the wilderness and loneliness, not unlike that of another western classics Jeremiah Johnson.
Gideon in the first few minutes of the film is hunted and wounded in a snow covered mountain terrain, and to make sure he's dead, he is pursued by the gang to make sure they can find his body. Carver is only prepared to pay his misfits based on finding Gideon's dead body, but all they find is a trail of blood.
For a long time during the film it is not clear why Carver is pursuing Gideon and indeed who is the good guy and who is the bad guy. This increases the tension and adrenaline and the mystery is heightened, as it is not understood if Carver is a lawman or a bounty hunter. Only very late in the film do we get an explanation as to why the feud began in the first place- taking us back to the Civil war in the deep south.

Throughout the film both Gideon and Carver create hostilities with each other, there is no turning back, no mercy, no escape. The final showdown in the desert and the ultimate confrontation with each other has left a question with a number of reviewers, as to whether these scenes were truly necessary. Firstly, the old Indian (Wes Studi) sitting by a waterhole waiting to get paid for taking his water, and the medicine woman with her wagon selling anything from guns and tonic to each of the hostile strangers.

My understanding would be that due to the near total exhaustion by both hunter and the hunted, these two scenes were an apparition or a hallucination if you like, playing on the minds of two - soon to die exhausted men. The terrain and landscape of the West shaped western movies a long time ago and created an incredible following with moviegoers and moreover shaped a genre all on its own, and Seraphim Falls simply portrays it all. A Western that embraces the true bloody west and based on the acting talents, both Liam Neeson and Pearce Brosnan should fit naturally into many more great westerns.
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3.0 out of 5 stars good, bad but not ugly!!, 1 Dec 2008
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Richard Rogers "spitfire" (Flintshire, N Wales) - See all my reviews
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Mmm, reading some of the reviews here its hard to understand what some people want from a film. Let's get one thing straight; this film won't change your world but it does entertain. This is no 'Unforgiven' or 'Open Range' but it still has enough about it to make it watchable and enjoyable.

After watching it the first time my immediate thought was 'this is a rambo-western'!! Brosnan being hunted by Neeson through all sorts of terrain, which, may I add, is stunning scenery throughout. The backstory unfolds as the film goes on; showing us how Neeson's family are killed under Brosnan's command, for which he is wrecked with remorse- unbeknownst to Neeson.

Both actors give fine performances, Mr. Brosnan especially so (you kind of expect top quality from Liam Neeson every time). The movie is a slow burner, building up to a somewhat indifferent ending and that's my only gripe. For all the fine performances, beautiful locations and gripping chase sequences, the ending is not solid enough for me. Its probably dragged on to long aswell.

I've given this 3 stars because of the ending but up until then its worthy of 4. This is a GOOD film, with a BAD ending but it isn't UGLY.
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5.0 out of 5 stars thumbs up., 23 April 2010
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S. Ahmed (taxila cantt ,pakistan) - See all my reviews
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i must say i have not liked single movie in which pierce brosnan has acted ,including his role as James Bond .but this movie struck me lightning . pierce brosnan has given the performance of his career. from the first shot of the movie in which pierce gets shot in the shoulder. you feel yourself really into the movie. and feel the excitement of chase . great movie.
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