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Posted on 5/03/11 08:10 PM
Outlaw Charlie Burns (Guy Pearce) has to search for his older brother in the Australian outback, in areas only a crazy man would go. His brother must be brought to justice after a horrible crime he has committed, and if Charlie does not succeed before Christmas, his younger brother will be hanged.
I've been slight addicted to Australian Cinema since I saw Animal Kingdom, and when I saw this had Guy Pearce, who is extremely underrated, I just had to get it. just like Animal Kingdom, it is unflinching and insanely brutal. The Proposition is one of the most brutal westerns you will ever see, two scenes some up this movie perfectly (CAREFUL BOTH ARE SPOILERS)
(SPOILER!) 1. when an aborigine throws a spear though Charlie's chest, and then they zoom in on the aborigine's face and then half of it just disappears 2. the lashing scene has become one of my favorite scene for brutal but yet how beautifully it was shot.(END SPOILER!) But the violence is not the only thing that makes it so brutal, it's the nature of the violence. One of the most intense scene they don't even show, but you can feel the anger and the madness that the scene exudes.
But the main problem this film has, is the lack of development. It starts off with an idea and then... well it doesn't even go there, it just kind of lolly gags all the way too the end.
This film is a very slow-paced, beautifully shot and wonderfully acted, much like the directors other film the road. But if your in the mood this is a film you need to check out.