Seraphim Falls

  • 15
  • David Von Ancken (2006)
  • US
  • 107 min
Seraphim Falls
Film Review
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3 out of 5

Pierce Brosnan hightails it across mountains, rivers and desert pursued by a vengeful Liam Neeson in this mean and moody western. It's 1868, and although the Civil War has been over for three years these veterans from opposing sides of the conflict still have a personal score to settle. Director and co-writer David Von Ancken doesn't reveal their history until very late in the film, focusing instead on the primal struggle of man against man. A fascinating battle of wills is enhanced by imposing landscapes - the environment proving just as unforgiving as the two leads. The opening half hour runs on pure adrenaline, with only snatches of dialogue between breaths. Midway, however, the chase does become a little wearying because Von Ancken keeps his characters emotionally remote. Then a late and spooky cameo appearance by Anjelica Huston marks an enigmatic change of direction. It's not a convincing outcome, but the power of the film lies in the copious blood, sweat and tears shed along the way.

Plot Summary

Western drama starring Pierce Brosnan and Liam Neeson. Three years after the American Civil War, a man called Gideon finds himself pursued across the freezing Ruby Mountains of Nevada by former Confederate colonel Morsman Carver and a posse of hunters. But why the chase and what is the secret of Seraphim Falls?

Cast and crew

Cast

Carver
Liam Neeson
Gideon
Pierce Brosnan
Madame Louise
Anjelica Huston
Hayes
Michael Wincott
Pope
Robert Baker
Parsons
Ed Lauter
Minister / Abraham
Tom Noonan
Henry
Kevin J O'Connor
Kid
John Robinson

Crew

Director
David Von Ancken

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Icon
Guidance: 
Contains violence and swearing.
Available on DVD
Released 24 Aug 2007
Certificate 15
Categories
Drama

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