Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.
USA, 2006. Icon Productions. Screenplay by David Von Ancken, Abby Everett Jaques. Cinematography by John Toll. Produced by Bruce Davey, David Flynn. Music by Harry Gregson-Williams. Production Design by Michael Z. Hanan. Costume Design by Deborah Lynn Scott. Film Editing by Conrad Buff IV.
Liam Neeson and his posse chase Pierce Brosnan relentlessly through the forests and across the desert of post-Civil War USA in this uninteresting drama. Why he’s after him is left a complete mystery until long after you’ve realized that you don’t have a single emotion invested in either of these characters. Along the way they both come across the usual collection of homesteaders, kooky lawmen and feisty women that are common to these revisionist westerns, but this film doesn’t have nearly half the strength or pace of a movie like The Proposition (or, hell, even Cold Mountain). Anjelica Huston‘s cameo is welcome (even if it does come too late), but both Neeson and Brosnan give colourless performances and the direction and script are weak.
Toronto International Film Festival: 2006