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Genre: Western/Action
Starring: Liam Neeson, Pierce Brosnan, Michael Wincott, Angie Harmon, John Robinson, Robert Baker, Anjelica Huston
Director: David Von Acken
Rating: NC-16 (Violence)
Year Made: 2006




- Behind the Scenes of Seraphim Falls
- Commentary with Pierce Brosnan, Writer/Director David Von Ancken and Production Designer Michael Hanan



Languages: English
Subtitles: English/Spanish/French
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1 Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 1 hr 52 mins
Region Code: 1




Liam Neeson and Pierce Brosnan star in this epic chase and primal battle set in the breathtaking landscape of the West. The civil war has ended but Colonel Morsman Carver (Neeson) is on one final mission: to kill Gideon (Brosnan) no matter what it takes. Launched by a gunshot and propelled by rage, the relentless pursuit takes them both far from the comforts and codes of civilization, into the bloodiest recesses of their own souls. Also starring Academy Award® winner Anjelica Huston and Angie Harmon. It's been five years since the end of the American Civil War. Somewhere deep within the snowy mountains of the American West a lone figure - Gideon (Brosnan) sits in front of a fire, lost in thought. Abruptly, he is pulled out of his reverie by the echo of a Henry rifle and a bullet puffing into the snow inches from his head. Instantly Gideon calculates his one chance of survival. To leave everything he owns and run for the cover. And so begins the thrilling account of Colonel Morsman Carver's (Neeson) terrible revenge - to hunt down and kill Gideon, no matter what it takes. There will be many men dead before these two meet face to face, and only then will Carver fully comprehend the full cost of his undertaking. Launched by a gunshot and propelled by rage, the relentless pursuit will take them both far from the comforts and codes of civilization and into the unforgiving wilderness.


What are two craggy-looking Irish men doing in a Western?

But that’s nothing strange given that ex-Bond man Pierce Brosnan and Liam 'Qui-Gon Jinn' Neeson are such consummate actors that they easily blend into their roles as Gideon and Carver respectively.

The movie opens with Gideon trying to escape from the clutches of Carver and his motley crew of bounty hunters in a large vast snowy landscape. The movie spares no explanation as to why Carver is pursuing Gideon relentlessly in the beginning although some flashbacks later on truly help to establish their motives.

"Seraphim Falls" is brutal but not excessively violent. In the end it’s all about survival in the post civil war era. Whether it’s Brosnan falling into an icy cold river or a cringing scene of him removing a bullet or setting a bear trap for his hunters, Director/Writer David Von Acken easily setup the tone of the movie. And with no fancy subplots, twists or drama to spice things up, it’s a surprise it actually makes you want to watch things progress further between the two grizzled men.

Abandoning the use of studio backlots to the far outback in New Mexico and Oregon, Oscar winning cinematographer John Toll gives a much needed boast to capturing nature’s beauty on screen. The chase only manages to slow down towards the last 20 minutes where a devil-like character played by Angelica Huston turns up in the middle of a godforsaken desert. Huston’s character might be up for interpretation and some viewers might complain the plotting being too minimal for liking. The characters of Gideon and Carver could have given more back story but that will surely dragged down the movie’s pacing.

With the exeception of "3.10 to Yuma", most Westerns rarely make it to the theatrical runs here. For fans of the great John Wayne and Clint Eastwood, "Seraphim Falls" definitely deserves a run in your player. So what if the leads are not Americans.


Commentary with Pierce Brosnan, Writer/Director David Von Ancken, and production designer Michael Hanan
– In this commentary track, you will realized that the cast and crew went through a lot to get things done in the movie for example the waterfall stunt in the beginning. Also the disturbing fact that Pierce Brosnan brought back the knife he used in the movie for his son. Dry but filled with interesting stuff at times.

Behind the Scenes of Seraphim Falls - A 19 minutes feature which covers the usual cast & crew interview and some production anecdotes.


Presented in anamorphic widescreen 2.40:1, the picture is slightly washed-out and grainy in some shots but the lush cinematography greatly makes up for it. Makes you hate the usual usage of backlots and digitally-enhanced shots. The Dolby Digital 5.1 is decent, wouldn’t classify it as aggressive though. Clarity of dialogue is not a problem.



Review by Linus Tee


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