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« Reply #60 on: June 27, 2008, 01:49:59 PM »

As I said above, the film starts strong. I really liked the survival-in-the-snow sequence, with Brosnon trying to stay ahead of his pursuers, keep warm, and get a bullet dug out of his arm. But once he runs into the pioneer family everything good in the picture evaporates. And from there things keep going steadily downhill (literally, figuartively, and in terms of story logic). For me, a good intro alone isn't enough.

The film does start off strong and does lose some momentum down the strech. I will admit to that. I just love the first half hour of the film so I guess I can put up with the rest of the movie. I personally hated the flashback sequence towards the end. It didn't really warrant Carver's action's in my eyes. The whole film you think Gideon did something so horrific to this man but when you find out what he did, I don't think he deserved this treatment. It would have been better to leave us with a hint of something instead of the whole backstory. It would have made for a far better conclusion.

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« Reply #61 on: June 27, 2008, 03:02:31 PM »

I personally hated the flashback sequence towards the end. It didn't really warrant Carver's action's in my eyes. The whole film you think Gideon did something so horrific to this man but when you find out what he did, I don't think he deserved this treatment. It would have been better to leave us with a hint of something instead of the whole backstory. It would have made for a far better conclusion.
You're right. At first I was gratified that a flashback device was being used in what seemed like an homage to Leone (there's even one point where both men simultaneously share the flashback, even though they're miles apart). But finally what the flashback reveals is so tepid when contrasted with, say, the one in OUATITW, that it would have been better to show nothing at all. Who can enjoy a vendetta against a guy who didn't mean what he did?

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« Reply #62 on: June 28, 2008, 04:41:54 PM »

You're right. At first I was gratified that a flashback device was being used in what seemed like an homage to Leone (there's even one point where both men simultaneously share the flashback, even though they're miles apart). But finally what the flashback reveals is so tepid when contrasted with, say, the one in OUATITW, that it would have been better to show nothing at all. Who can enjoy a vendetta against a guy who didn't mean what he did?

That is right. I guess I don't hate the film as much as you do but I do agree with why you don't like it.

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« Reply #63 on: February 02, 2011, 09:00:40 PM »

FINALLY got to see this after numerous bouts of Cowboy interruptus.
The opening section is sensational-I could actually feel myself shivering along with Brosnan who did a remakable job of conveying the terrible pain he was suffering.
The film is gripping throughout and only in the last act did it drag a bit. What is it with modern day westerns OPEN RANGE, APPALOOSA also suffered from a needlessly drawn out climax!
The Christian allegory imbedded in the script was an intiguing element twist (although not surprising as Mel Gibson produced it) I am not sue if I might have preferred a more "down to earth" resoultion instead of the metaphorical. mystical one we got.
All in all, this might be the best oater since UNFORGIVEN,

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« Reply #64 on: February 02, 2011, 09:03:50 PM »

so its like "the undefeated" with John Wayne?

more like RIDE IN THE WHIRLWIND & THE SHOOTING with Jack Nicholson & HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER & JOSEY WALES with Clint......

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« Reply #65 on: February 02, 2011, 11:03:35 PM »

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« Reply #66 on: February 02, 2011, 11:53:10 PM »

8 out of ten (4 outta five)

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« Reply #67 on: April 10, 2011, 04:16:43 AM »

Just saw Seraphim Falls and I must say, I was pleasantly surprised. I agree with lots of you that the beginning was amazing and the later parts not as much, but I think it really picked up again toward the end. I really like this film, and would definitely recommend it to any Western fan

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« Reply #68 on: April 10, 2011, 05:38:17 AM »

I got the DVD meanwhile: saw bits of it and it definitely looks entertaining. Lips Sealed

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« Reply #69 on: April 10, 2011, 08:41:30 PM »

Good chase picture that loses me when it becomes a Mystic Western in the final 15 minutes.

7/10

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« Reply #70 on: April 10, 2011, 08:49:45 PM »

I think that the entire first part (until Pierce reaches the cabin) could have easily been shot without any dialogue whatsoever, like the beginning of Rio Bravo and OUATITW. I think that would have made the great opening even better  Smiley

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