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The Horseman (2008)

The Horseman (2008)

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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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Cast

Peter Marshall
as Christian Forteski
Hannah Levien
as Jesse Forteski
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Critic Reviews for The Horseman

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (1)

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.

Full Review… | October 30, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

A gritty, uncompromising thriller...

Full Review… | December 5, 2010
Reel Film Reviews

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.

December 1, 2010
Little White Lies

It offers better performances than you usually find in a bloodthirsty flick such as this, and heralds the debut of an exciting new filmmaker. The Horseman is for those who like their revenge films unburdened by emotional complexity.

Full Review… | October 21, 2010
Quickflix

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

Full Review… | July 9, 2010
The Age (Australia)

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.

Full Review… | July 7, 2010
The Age (Australia)

Audience Reviews for The Horseman

To call this mindless violence would be inaccurate. Whilst incredibly violent in a very gritty way, the acting is of high standard and the storyline realistic, the violence is the outcome of a man pushed to his limits and is destroyed by events. The main character was really impressive, a great revenge flick, with a dark character that you can empathise with.

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

½

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 ?
Lee ?

Super Reviewer

½

A revenge flick done right. No big surprises, but a consistent tone and potent violence keep this on track.

Steve K
Steve K

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