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Seraphim Falls

  • Drama
  • 2006
  • David Von Ancken
  • 107 mins
  • 15

Summary

A veteran Union soldier hiding out in the Ruby Mountains at the end of the American Civil War is relentlessly pursued by a vengeful Confederate officer. Hindered by a gunshot wound, the fugitive flees across the wilderness as his enemy maintains his tense and bloody game of cat-and-mouse - but the reasons for his hatred remain a mystery. Western thriller, with Pierce Brosnan, Liam Neeson and Anjelica Huston.

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Review

Rating: 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 of the film runs on pure adrenaline, with only snatches of dialogue between breaths. But the pace begins to falter as the chase drags on, with the gruff characters remaining frustratingly remote. The outcome may be unsatisfying, but the power of the film is in the blood, sweat and tears shed along the way.

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Credits

Cast

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CarverLiam Neeson
GideonPierce Brosnan
Madame LouiseAnjelica Huston
HayesMichael Wincott
PopeRobert Baker
ParsonsEd Lauter
Minister / AbrahamTom Noonan
HenryKevin J O'Connor
KidJohn Robinson (3)

Crew

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DirectorDavid Von Ancken

Details

Theatrical distributor
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Released on
2007-08-24
Language
English
Guidance
Contains violence and swearing.
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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