Feature

Seraphim Falls

One man chases another through the wilds of Nevada.

In the opening sequence of the Seraphim Falls, a former Confederate soldier played by Liam Neeson shoots a nearly unrecognizable Pierce Brosnan in the arm, said Owen Gleiberman in Entertainment Weekly. Brosnan's ex-Union soldier falls down a snowy hill, trailing blood. He extracts the bullet from his arm and then cauterizes the wound with a hot knife, howling in pain. Now that Brosnan is free of his James Bond role, it's time to demonstrate 'œwhat a damn fine actor he is.' This rare, austere Western allows him to do so. Neeson and Brosnan do most of their work here without actual words, said Richard Nilsen in The Arizona Republic. Neeson's vengeful character pursues the resourceful Brosnan over the snowy landscapes of New Mexico, stopping only to glare into the distance. For most of its running time, 'œthe film is downright taciturn.' We don't even know until near the end why Neeson is after Brosnan, or which one is in the right. Unfortunately, just as it's time to solve these mysteries, 'œfirst-time writer-director David Von Ancken goes on a peyote trip,' said Craig Outhier in the Orange County, Calif., Register. Along comes Angelica Huston, peddling snake oil as Madame Louise, and the film attempts to resolve itself through half-baked American Indian mysticism. In that moment, 'œthe illusion is ruined, and we see Seraphim Falls for what it really is: a couple of Irish guys in cowboy hats.'

Rating: R

Recommended

'No reason' for optimism Taliban's ban on girls' education will end, human rights analyst warns
Girls' classroom in Afghanistan.
backtracking

'No reason' for optimism Taliban's ban on girls' education will end, human rights analyst warns

France recalls ambassador to the U.S. 'for the first time ever'
Emmanuel Macron.
heating up

France recalls ambassador to the U.S. 'for the first time ever'

The tragedy of drone strikes
Drone strike.
Picture of W. James Antle IIIW. James Antle III

The tragedy of drone strikes

Pentagon admits August drone strike killed 10 Afghans: 'A tragic mistake'
Gen. McKenzie.
after afghanistan

Pentagon admits August drone strike killed 10 Afghans: 'A tragic mistake'

Most Popular

Did Theranos Lose Afghanistan?
Elizabeth Holmes and James Mattis.
Samuel Goldman

Did Theranos Lose Afghanistan?

How Newsom ran away with the recall
Gavin Newsom.
Picture of David FarisDavid Faris

How Newsom ran away with the recall

Emmys host Cedric the Entertainer hoping 'not to get canceled'
Leon Bennett/Getty Images
'what have I done in the last three months'

Emmys host Cedric the Entertainer hoping 'not to get canceled'