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While the acting, cinematography, score and some of the writing for the characters is really strong, Seraphim Falls is kneecapped by horrific and sluggish pacing and a really weakly executed ending that becomes extremely silly.
This is one of those movies that was probably really good...as a script.
Neeson chases Brosnan across the mountains and wild west in this cat chases mouse western drama after he seeks revenge for the murders of his wife and children. Good action scenes both actors play their roles well
A moving ending. This film was packed with profound messages.
Not great , carried by the 2 star names.
Grandeur of Open Range, but without the action or fast-paced plot. Ending was a bit predictable and overly melodramatic.
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.
Despite a good performance from Brosnan, Seraphim Falls drags too often and never feels alive
Interesting rather than good, but well made.
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.