Monday, October 8, 2007
2005 Australian film directed by John Hillcoat and starring Guy Pearce and Danny Huston. It is a fantastic, classic-style western that tells the story of the three Burns brothers. Charlie and Arthur run the horrific Burns Brothers Gang, along with tagalong brother Mikey (who is mentally disabled). A local captain captures Charlie and Mikey, but, dissatisfied, gives Charlie a proposition. If he kills Arthur, the gang's leader and arguably the most frightening of the bunch, by Sunday he'll let Mikey go free and only hang Charlie. In the meantime he's going to torture Mikey until he returns and if Charlie doesn't return by Christmas, Mikey's dead. It's tense and old school and wonderful. It is beautifully shot by French cinematographer Benoit Delhomme. If you like Once Upon a Time in the West, you will love this one.
It's worth noting that this movie has some scenes of very intense violence, but not many.