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I Propose Everybody Watches This....,
This review is from: The Proposition [DVD] (DVD)
Set in the blistering heat of the Australian outback in the 19th Century, The Propostition is a slow burning powerhouse of a film.
Captain Stanley (Ray Winstone) is in charge of a thuggish police unit in a desolate outback settlement where they spend most days hunting Aborigines. His real desire is to bring to justice the notorious Burns brothers who have committed various brutal crimes together. When Stanley and his men capture Charlie Burns (Guy Pearce) and his simple minded younger brother Mikey, he proposes a deal where Charlie must go out and kill his psychotic older brother Arthur to save Mikey from the gallows. He has nine days to deliver Arthurs body to Stanley. Pearce heads out into the hellish wilderness to hunt down heavily wanted Arthur for the ultimate showdown.
It is difficult to decide who to root for, the weary police Captain who seems a good man at heart or Guy Pearces outlaw, driven by the love for his family. Both men have extremely violent tendencies and are equally ruthless. The baron wilderness of the desert is beautifully shot throughout the film as the tension is cranked up slowly towards the unavoidable clash at the end. Brilliant stuff.
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