The Horseman
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 61%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"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."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"Certainly The Horseman is a calling card for Kastrissios' skills as a filmmaker; one just hopes he doesn't make The Horseman 2."
‑ Margaret Pomeranz, At the Movies (Australia)
"A riveting revenge thriller, this debut by Steven Kastrissios seems certain to set him on a career path similar to one started by Greg McLean after his debut, Wolf Creek, as a calling card to attract international attention"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"A disgusting, repetitive, badly scripted movie, lacking any redeeming feature."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"A gritty, uncompromising thriller..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"For all the rough edges, and perhaps because of them, The Horseman is compelling voyeurism, and the two leads are near on perfect."
‑ Jason Di Rosso, The Age (Australia)
"Steve Kastrissios announces himself as one to watch with this very good thriller, which is smart, relentless and makes the most of it's limitations."
‑ Lachlan Huddy, Empire Magazine Australasia
"The Horseman is a gripping revenge film with an incredible kinetic energy."
‑ Thomas Caldwell, Cinema Autopsy
"This unflinchingly horrific revenge thriller has a whiff of Death Wish in its story of a father exacting retribution far beyond reason. But this ultra-violent bloodlust makes it hard to find a character to identify with."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"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."
‑ Anton Bitel, Little White Lies
"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."
‑ Philippa Hawker, The Age (Australia)
"The Horseman is utterly repulsive and beautiful at the same time, shot skillfully with varying degrees of shutter-speed adding to the hazy depth of Christian's mental fracture."
‑ Sophie Watson, FILMINK (Australia)
"For such a film, The Horseman is too short of flair - there's not enough of it to distract us from the nastiness."
‑ Edward Porter, Times [UK]
"Unless you're a fan of the whole 'torture porn' genre, you'd be hard-pressed to actually enjoy it."
‑ , Empire Magazine
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