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on 14 January 2013
brilliant! gripping drama from the start, got to know more about the characters as the film went on!! well worth it
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on 18 February 2008
Being a big fan of both Pierce Brosnan and Liam Neeson, I eagerly awaited this movie to hit cinemas last year. However, with what seemed like a non existant marketing campaign and hardly any theatre playing the flick - I missed out on seeing this on the big screen. Having to wait for it to land on DVD, my expectations raised for what looked like a smart and essential western that featured two of my favourite stars. However, after finally seeing this film now on the small screen - I feel that the wait was hardly worth it...

Set years after the American civil war, the story begins with Morsmon Carver (Neeson) and a posse of trackers hot on the trail of Gideon (Brosnan). Why he is doing this is held back from the viewer (and only revealed in short flash backs), but we know that each man have a history with each other and that one is determined to capture and the other to escape. This intriguing set up is played out against a gorgeous backdrop with a well casted supporting troupe (Micheal Wincott and Ed Lauter are great) and again, the two leads are on fine form. Brosnan is desperate and broken, Neeson determined and steely. However, all the acting in the world and pretty scenery cannot make up the for the leaden direction and below bar screenplay.

Director David Von Ancken attempts a mish mash of concepts and genres that never really gel together. His western tries too hard on one hand to adhere to formula and on the other, break new ground. Mixing old school western themes and throwing in avant garde cinema stylings just bemuses and disconnects you from the chase - which this movie basically is: A chase movie. However, the script and director want to try and hide that from you with odd character shifts and disjointed sequences that leave you feeling short changed. Instead of being a rousing adventure film - it transcends into something else and what the screenplay clearly wasn't designed for. Its a shame really, as somewhere - a great movie is trying to get out. It's just that the film makers decided to go a certain route with it, and with that - lost the audience (well, me anyway!).

The DVD presentation is excellent. Cinematographer John Tolls' landscapes and scenery are picked up beautifully and director Von Ancken does have a sharp eye for the strange, even though he cannot seem to keep the pace up and allow the actors to do their thing. The extras are plentiful and well presented and on a whole the DVD is well produced. It's just a shame that the movie doesn't live up to its premise or stars. Rent before you buy.
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on 21 January 2015
really great movie if your in conflict at all its worth a watch, lesson to be learned
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on 7 January 2008
For me, this was a movie that had such huge potential to be so much better than I finally rated it. I agree with the other reviewers that both the cinematography and the performances of both Brosnan and Leeson were truly excellent. What I can't agree with is their acceptance of a truly dreadful ending, that, in my opinion, ruined the whole film. To say that Anjelica Houston's appearance as a mysterious one-woman travelling snake-oil merchant, was slightly surreal, is like saying that Rasputin was a little bit eccentric. Watching the final half hour of what, until then had been a really enjoyable Western, was reminiscent of watching an episode of the old TV series - The Prisoner. Obviously, this weird (and totally out of sync) ending is meant to be heavily symbolic - but of what I'm not quite sure. I'll stick to 'proper' Westerns in future, like Open Range, Unforgiven, Lonesome Dove, Tombstone, etc. etc.
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on 30 July 2014
Great film, hubby stayed awake right through which is quite a recommendation.
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on 6 April 2015
Hi folks.Good western, slow at times, but worth getting.Happy Trails Leroy
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on 30 September 2015
A very good film that is well acted and the storyline is about a manhunt
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on 1 June 2011
I really enjoyed this film, it had me glued! O.k. so it's a Western, which is not everyone's Favourite, but it is a great film. What I enjoyed was how, what seems a such a very simple story, can become this good a film through brilliant acting and what, in the end, becomes a greater depth than first thought. It is not full of crazy action and effects but instead is 100 times better! Also watch the 'special feature' (yeah, I normally hate them too!) but it's worth it because it's short and it will confirm / rounds things off.
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on 4 November 2015
really brilliant and exciting chase western about the civil war period.
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on 2 April 2010
I bought this Blu Ray not really knowing anything about the film, I had nothing to lose for spending a fiver on it. Its actually a very good film with Brosnan and Neeson putting in some decent performances. Its a film that is good for a couple of hours of entertainment and I will certainly watch again. Im suprised it never had any massive advertising when the film was released as im sure it would have been a bigger hit. A film that any western film fan would enjoy watching without being over the top.
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