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November 27, 2017
A moving ending. This film was packed with profound messages.
July 18, 2017
Not great , carried by the 2 star names.
May 18, 2017
Deserves better than 54%!!
April 5, 2017
In 1868, within the Ruby Mountains, Gideon (Pierce Brosnan) roasts hare over an open fire. Suddenly, gunshots ring out with one striking his left arm. He grabs what he can and races down the mountain. His attackers emerge from their cover to inspect his campsite. Colonel Morsman Carver (Liam Neeson), a former Confederate officer, is accompanied by Pope (Robert Baker), Hayes (Michael Wincott), Parsons (Ed Lauter) and the Kid (John Robinson); who are all engaged in a bounty operation to apprehend him. What is the reason for the hunt, what connects Gideon and Carver and happened at Seraphim Falls?...

In a mixed review, Christy Lemire writing in the Deseret News mused about the lead characters, stating, "Their climactic confrontation is visually arresting in its starkness. But as an anti-war statement, a call to lay down arms that's clearly intended to be relevant today, it's a bit too clunky in its literalism." She ultimately found the film to be "technically solid" but a "dramatically unremarkable Western". Todd McCarthy of the Variety staff believed the film was "nothing rousing or new" and that Brosnan along with Neeson wouldn't be enough "to muster more than modest theatrical B.O. for this very physical but familiar oater." He did however reserve praise for the cinematography noting, "Its physical beauty notwithstanding - Toll's work, which emphasizes the blues and greens of the forests, is always a pleasure to behold". The film however, was not without its supporters. Claudia Puig writing for USA Today offered an almost entirely positive review recalling how she thought the film was a "psychological drama with an intriguing ambiguity that challenges the viewer's loyalties and preconceived notions." She remarked that the storyline was an "elaborate and relentless chase that takes those involved into primal psychological terrain." Stephen Holden writing in The New York Times applauded some of the realism displayed in the film, commenting, "Nothing in the rest of the film comes close to matching the impact of Gideon's carving the bullet from his arm with his hunting knife, then cauterizing the wound while emitting agonizing howls. This scene is enough to give you vicarious hypothermia." He also expressed his satisfaction with the visual attributes of the picture by saying "Its strongest element is the austere majesty of the cinematography by John Toll ("Braveheart," "Legends of the Fall," "The Thin Red Line"), in which the severe beauty of the Western landscape looms over the characters as a silent rebuke." Critic Josh Rosenblatt, writing for The Austin Chronicle viewed Seraphim Falls as "Meditative, beautifully shot, and blessed with a healthy dose of cynicism" and a "morality play without the morality and a Western Purgatorio that, in the end, demands its protagonists resign themselves to their loneliness and brutality and avail themselves of the redemptive power of sheer exhaustion." Kevin Crust of the Los Angeles Times gave the film a somewhat mixed rating calling it "A beautifully shot chase film by writer-director David Von Ancken and co-writer Abby Everett Jaques, it moves along with minimalist efficiency" but overall admitting it ran out of "gas during an overlong allegorical final section." Author Joshua Rothkopf of Time Out commented that the film "has all the good looks of its wintry Oregon locales, not to mention the equally craggy faces of Liam Neeson and a grizzled-up Pierce Brosnan, embroiled in a Fugitive-like pursuit with the latter on the run."

When "Seraphim Falls" came out in 2006 I did like it as far as I remember, but I must say that when re-seeing it in 2017 I see more flaws compared to what I saw back then. The storyline carries some resemblances (and I reckon a homage) to Clint Eastwood´s classic "The Outlaw Josey Wales". Being a revenge story, but not maybe not as straightforward as the "The Outlaw Josey Wales", the pace is very on and off in my opinion. But, the cinematography has several treats for the eyes. The pursuit goes throughout the whole film and to be honest neither Brosnan nor Neeson impress that much in their respective roles if you ask me. Two brits trying to portray protagonists from the Civil War feels somewhat so so in my book. Maybe it´s because both of them feels a bit "done" on the screen today and that colours my judgment. The encounters between the characters becomes more and more surreal during the running time and in the end we enter something more supernatural and metaphorical with Anjelica Huston's character Louise C. Fair (Lucifer) and a scorching desert obviously representing Purgatory, where according to Catholic tradition, sins are burned away. This is of course something a bit more "different" within the genre, but at the same time it doesn´t balance over the film to becoming a great western. "Seraphim Falls" is an average western in my book and nothing more.
April 28, 2016
Dumbest movie I have ever sat though. Brosnan and Neeson should be embarrassed. The ending is a rediculous as the rest of the movie. All I can thinjk is the two of them got thoroughly drunk after the filming was complete.
January 28, 2016
Grandeur of Open Range, but without the action or fast-paced plot. Ending was a bit predictable and overly melodramatic.
September 13, 2015
Not the immediate actors to come to mind in the western genre but both Neeson and Brosnan are good in a problematic film. The picture which begins as a seemingly straightforward cowboy story alters into one of symbolism towards the final act but this change is far too jarringly introduced.
½ August 25, 2015
Despite a good performance from Brosnan, Seraphim Falls drags too often and never feels alive
June 14, 2015
Post Civil War Frontiersmen out to smite one another! kick ass!
½ March 2, 2015
Interesting rather than good, but well made.
February 6, 2015
Written and directed by David Von Ancken (TV's Oz, Without a Trace and The Vampire Diaries), and funded by Mel Gibson. This revisionist western is a sparse and it's main focus is an old fashioned game of cat and mouse. It's the sort of film that wouldn't have looked out of place as a spaghetti western, but for a low budget film, it's professionally made and has two strong and compelling leads. Set sometime after the American Civil War in 1868, it has the mysterious Gideon (Pierce Brosnan), on the run from a posse led by former Confederate officer Colonel Morsman Carver (Liam Neeson), who is travelling with Pope (Robert Baker), Hayes (Michael Wincott), Parsons (Ed Lauter) and the Kid (John Robinson). They're all trying to capture Gideon as part of a bounty operation. However, Gideon proves to be a hard man to try and find, and he's a man who's not going to give in without a fight, and he uses the land and hostile terrain as his battlefield, using what he can to stand up to Carver and his men, but Carver knows Gideon all too well. It's a dark and brooding western, it does sag a bit in the middle, but the opening chase in the snowy wilderness and mountains is very suspenseful. It also benefits from some lavish yet focused camerawork by John Toll (Braveheart (1995). But, it has some very good performances from Neeson and Brosnan.
January 17, 2015
A tale of vengeance and desperation with good acting from the two leads and nice direction. But the script dips in all to familiar western cliches and the film lags around the second act.
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January 2, 2015
Great western drama with 2 great actors P. Brosnan and Liam Neeson. Not any big gun fights but the movie are never boring in my opinion. Story is about a man that are chased by some men through the whole movie for revenge. Nice landscapes and the movie starts of really with excitement so i can warmly recommend this movie.
½ December 30, 2014
(48%)
A tough cat and mouse western adventure with a stripped down plot and a strong cast. The opening twenty or so minutes are the strongest part, with Brosnan battling the freezing elements of a mountain pass while Neeson tracks him like a wild animal. The quite savage violence adds bite, but really this doesn't have very much up its sleeve. And once the ideas start to run dry and Anjelica Huston turns up (or does she?) to simply add a few extra minutes to the run time making this more frustrating overall than anything else. There is a good short story tucked away in this, but as it is there just isn't enough meat on the bones here to make this something significantly better than average.
½ October 26, 2014
Gritty western. I quite enjoyed it. Believable until the last 30 minutes in the desert, when some strange people popped up in the middle of nowhere ? Otherwise very good.
Super Reviewer
October 18, 2014
A good Western with excellent acting and story. I'm glad I found this film. I had never heard of it, but it's a gem of a film. Gotta love both Pierce Brosnan and Liam Neeson in the same film. They're awesome together. I would love to see them both starring opposite of each other again in the future.
October 14, 2014
"Seraphin Falls" es un western contemporáneo (y existencial) acerca de un hombre (Pierce Brosnan) perseguido de manera implacable por un grupo liderado por un hombre que hará lo que sea para capturar a su presa (Liam Neeson). Este relato sobre venganza intenta ser fotografiado a la vieja usanza por John Toll y los actores tratan de dar lo mejor de sí, pero a veces la historia se estanca y es predecible. Sin embargo, vale la pena.
August 15, 2014
Good film! Brosnan and Nesson are superb in this gritty vengeful story involving two soldiers of a civil war and one of the them committing atrocity.
½ August 11, 2014
A film featuring two of the most famous Irish actors of the last 20 years seemed interesting enough based on that alone. However, Seraphim Falls has little to interest the viewer. It gets 3 1/2 stars because Neeson did some nice acting and the plot is decent. But I have no business in going back to this one.
August 10, 2014
wow.....ummm just seen this movie 4 the 1st time n think that this is a good movie 2 watch its got a good cast of actors/actressess throguhout this movie......i think that liam neeson, pierce brosnan, anjelica huston, michael wincott, robert baker, play good roles/parts throughout this movie.......i think that the director of this western/drama/action/adventure/mystery/suspense movie had done a good job of directing this movie because you never know what 2 expect throughout this movie.....i think that this is such a thrilling movie 2 watch........its got a good soundtrack throughout this movie......i think that both liam neeson/pierce brosnan were absolutley brilliant throughout this movie.......its got good fight scenes throughout this movie......


Liam Neeson as Carver: Like Brosnan, Neeson described being "kind of steeped in that western mythology growing up in Ireland."He likened his character, Carver, to Captain Ahab in Moby-Dick, "he's [Carver] totally governed by this idea of revenge where he's practically lost his humanity."
Pierce Brosnan as Gideon: The role was originally to be played by Richard Gere but after he dropped out, Pierce Brosnan replaced him. Brosnan spoke of his love of Western films during production and promotion of Seraphim Falls, which had stemmed from watching them as a child.


i think that this is a good westerns movie 2 watch its got a great cast throughout this movie......



Notable similarities have been found between the film and the 1976 revisionist western, The Outlaw Josey Wales directed by Clint Eastwood.

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