The Horseman

2008

The Horseman

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59%

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Total Count: 29

58%

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A seemingly ordinary man turns to violence in this independent thriller from Australia. Christian Forteski (Peter Marshall) is a businessman whose teenage daughter Jesse (Hannah Levien) has been living on the edge since her parents divorced. Jesse runs away from home, and several weeks later Christian's anxiety about his missing daughter turns into rage when he receives a video in the mail of Jesse being brutally raped. Normally level headed, Christian jumps into his car and sets out to find whoever is responsible for making the video, starting with the people who mailed it to him. While heading north to Queensland, Christian picks up Alice (Caroline Marohasy), a teenage hitchhiker who reminds him a bit of Jesse. Christian and Alice strike up a friendship, and she begins to see the older man as someone she can trust, without knowing that Christian was turned into a deranged killing machine, leaving a trail of victims as he drives across the country to avenge his daughter. The Horseman was the first feature film from writer and director Steven Kastrissios; it was expanded from a short film by Kastrissios which was a prizewinner at the 2006 Queensland New Filmmaker Awards. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for The Horseman

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (8)

  • a hard-hitting, sympathy-confounding thriller that painfully interrogates our own muddled feelings about the sex industry, retribution, and the limits of love, fatherly or otherwise - with an electrifying performance from Marshall.

    Dec 1, 2010
  • For all the rough edges, and perhaps because of them, The Horseman is compelling voyeurism, and the two leads are near on perfect.

    Jul 9, 2010 | Full Review…
  • Marshall's performance, as the desperate, driven father, is striking; it gives the film an emotional centre without ever diminishing the horror of his character's actions.

    Jul 7, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • For such a film, The Horseman is too short of flair - there's not enough of it to distract us from the nastiness.

    Nov 6, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • It's mean and upsetting, but though the cruelty may undermine the message of vengeance breeding vengeance, it's never presented as slickly enjoyable or a facile solution.

    Oct 30, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • For a revenge thriller, The Horseman strays dangerously close to "torture porn" territory, but it's so well made that you're almost willing to excuse the gratuitous close-ups.

    Oct 30, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Toby Young

    Times (UK)
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Audience Reviews for The Horseman

  • Jun 07, 2017
    Gritty revenge movie that works on the shoulders of its lead performer. Any film with a hero (I use that term very loosely) that gets his ass kicked every 5 minutes is a welcome change from the stake-free glossy violence of most mainstream cinema. Or at least, it would have been if half of these ass-kickings didn't take place in flashbacks, that by the nature of time, we know he already made it through. Still a very palatable Ozzie flick for those who have the stomach.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 16, 2013
    Taking several notes from Get Carter and Death Wish, The Horseman manages to overcome a small budget and a sparse script to deliver one of the more engrossing and gritty revenge films out there currently. Unflinchingly gory and violent, The Horseman has much in common with another similarly themed revenge film, I Saw The Devil, in that despite the carnage, it remains rooted in somber humanity.
    Joshua S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 11, 2011
    Violent Aussie revenge film about a father on the hunt for the men who were responsible for the death of his daughter after they fuelled her with drink and drugs during a porn shoot. It's gritty and brutal with some scenes of torture but it's shies away from showing anything in graphic detail. The film does get a little slow during the middle parts and it isn't as strong as other revenge films out there. A real good attempt for its budget.
    Lee ? Super Reviewer
  • Jun 30, 2011
    If angst and frustration could ever be used to keep your eyes and attention riveted to a movie, this is undeniably that choice.A father bent on finding out who was responsible for his daughter's untimely demise. goes on a road trip fueled with gaining revenge for those responsible for that crime.Throw in a teen aged run away girl in to assist him sustain his already thin level of compassion...and you have an adventure too dangerous but remorseful for the father in search of retribution, See this...it is intense!
    Fascade F Super Reviewer

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