Seraphim Falls
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Frequent television director David Von Ancken (Oz and The Shield) offers a thrilling meditation on the true nature of revenge with this post-Civil War era tale of a one man's quest to put his nemesis in the ground, and another man's struggle to survive at any cost. Deep in the snowy mountains of the American West, a lone man named Gideon (Pierce Brosnan) basks, lost in thought, in the warm glow of a small fire. When a shot suddenly rings out and a bullet whizzes just inches from his head, Gideon is suddenly pulled from his repose. His reaction is too slow, however, to save him from the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 55%

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"The overweight middle section is repetitive, contrived and, well, boring. But at least the views are spectacular and Brosnan, especially, is likeably quirky."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Though the chase threatens to go on too long, the suspense remains high because we don't know which man is the real villain, or if there's a villain at all."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Finally recalls a less convincing version of those of Anthony Mann which managed realism and the mythic without a false note."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"Messages, as Sam Goldwyn famously advised, are better left to Western Union."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"As Gideon misses chance after chance to break free from the posse on his tail, you just want Seraphim Falls to end."
‑ , Sun Online
"A Western short on dialogue and long on pomposity, is little more than an extended chase scene down a snow-filled mountaintop to a desert floor."
‑ Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
"For all its manliness, the film works slightly better as a bitter romance gone postal."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"Rob Roy pursues James Bond in an old-fashioned Western that's cripplingly short on action."
‑ Neil Smith, thelondonpaper
"As the story self-destructs, we are left with the majestic scenery, photographed by John Toll, and the pleasure of two good actors from one side of the Atlantic stretching themselves to seem convincing on the other."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"The edgy pleasure is to be found in the sheer brutality of the chase and the bitter struggle to survive the elements."
‑ James Christopher, Times [UK]
"The technical revels are arresting, but Seraphim Falls is slow of motive and thin of plot -- a western that dies with its boots on."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"Seraphim Falls isn't completely without interest, particularly for those of us who still like Westerns and bemoan their demise almost as much as we bemoan the demise of the movie musical."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Von Ancken at times brings his debut very close to something grand and memorable."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"A very impressive feature debut with this brutal western revenge thriller."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"It may be too ponderous for some, and an appearance by Anjelica Huston as a snake-oil peddler near the end is a touch too surreal, but if you're a fan of Westerns the way they used to make them, you'll be mesmerised."
‑ David Edwards, Daily Mirror [UK]
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